First Look: ‘A Different World’ cast talks with Oprah about show’s lasting impact

Photo credit: Harpo Inc./George Burns

Photo credit: Harpo Inc./George Burns

 

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Oprah Winfrey is reuniting the cast of the groundbreaking television show, A Different World, more than 25 years after its debut.

The Hillman College crew came together for an upcoming episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? on OWN.

The cast reunion includes stars Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Darryl M. Bell, Dawnn Lewis, Cree Summer, Sinbad, and Debbie Allen, sharing how they addressed important life issues in each episode and their favorite memories of six seasons together.

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So Long, Mr. Gaines: ‘A Different World’ Star, Lou Myers, Dies At 77

by Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. — Actor Lou Myers, best known for his role as ornery restaurant owner Mr. Gaines on the television series “A Different World,” has died.

Tonia McDonald of Myers’ nonprofit, Global Business Incubation Inc., said Myers died Tuesday night at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. She said he was 77. McDonald said Wednesday that Myers had been in and out of the hospital since before Christmas and collapsed recently. An autopsy was planned.

A native of Chesapeake, W.Va., Myers had returned to the state and lived in the Charleston area.

His TV credits included “NYPD Blue,” “E.R.,” “The Cosby Show,” “Touched by an Angel,” and more. He also appeared in a number of films, including “Tin Cup,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Wedding Planner” and more.

“A Different World” ran from 1987-93 and originally starred Lisa Bonet from “Cosby” fame. Myers said he owed his introduction to Hollywood to Bill Cosby.

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