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Emmanuel Lewis (born March 9, 1971) is an American actor, best known for playing the title character in the 1980s television sitcom Webster.

Emmanuel Lewis
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Lewis in 1987
Born (1971-03-09) March 9, 1971 (age 47)
Years active1982–present


Personal lifeEdit

Lewis was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Midwood High School in 1989 and then Clark Atlanta University in 1997. Lewis is a practitioner of taekwondo.[1]


From his role on the television series Webster, Lewis was nominated for four Young Artist Awards.[2] In 1984, he was nominated for Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series for Webster and lost to Rick Schroder of Silver Spoons. In 1985, he was nominated for the same award but it went to Billy Jayne of It's Not Easy. In 1986, he was nominated for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series which Marc Price ended up winning for his performance in Family Ties. In 1987, he was nominated for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Television Comedy or Drama Series which Kirk Cameron of Growing Pains won.

Lewis was the child spokesperson for the Burger King Whopper.

Lewis appeared as himself on a TV child stars episode of The Weakest Link in 2001. He was voted off in the third round.

He had cameo appearances in the 2007 film Kickin' It Old Skool and a 2013 episode of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.[3]

In Japan, he is known as a singer and has released two singles, and his debut single "City Connection" reached Number 2 on the Oricon chart.

On November 9, 2014, Lewis appeared on Ken Reid's "TV Guidance Counselor" podcast. The episode was recorded live at the Davis Square Theater in Somerville, Massachusetts, as part of the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival.



"City Connection", a song performed by Lewis, was very popular in Japan in 1981 reaching number 2 on the Oricon chart.

  • "City Connection" (シティコネクション, Shity Konekushon) (1981 July 5)
    • B side: City Connection (English Version)
    • Lyrics: Mickey Sugar, Composer: Danny Long (pseudonym of Daiko Nagato), Arranger: Michel SHIMIN, Yuka Sato
  • "Love is DANDAN" (恋はダンダン, ”Koi wa Dan Dan") (1981 October 5)
    • Lyrics: Junko Shiratori, composer: Daiko Nagato, Arranger: Masao Nakajima

In popular cultureEdit


  1. ^ "Emmanuel Lewis: As the Pint-Size Webster, He Reached New Heights". People. 28 November 1994. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database. "Emmanuel Lewis - Awards".
  3. ^ Zach Galifianakis (February 12, 2013). "Oscar Buzz Edition Part 2". Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. 2:34 minutes in. Funny or Die.
  4. ^ Lemire, Christy (August 6, 2001). "Price of fame still hurts for 'Coleman' of'Diff'rent Strokes'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. p. D6. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  5. ^ "The Roof is on Fire". Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  6. ^ Isler, Ramsey (November 5, 2009). "South Park: "The F Word" Review". IGN. Retrieved 2019-01-07.

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