Emmanuel Lewis

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Emmanuel Lewis
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Emmanuel Lewis in 1987
Born (1971-03-09) March 9, 1971 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–

Emmanuel Lewis (born March 9, 1971) is an American actor, who played the title character in the 1980s television sitcom Webster. Lewis graduated from Midwood High School in 1989 and then Clark Atlanta University in 1997.

Personal life[edit]

Lewis was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is a practitioner of taekwondo.[1] Lewis is an active Freemason: he is a 33rd degree Prince Hall Scottish Rite Mason, and a former Commander-in-Chief of Atlanta Consistory No. 24 in the Orient of Georgia.[2][3]


From his role on the television series Webster, Lewis was nominated for four Young Artist Awards.[4] 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.[5]

In Japan, he is known as a singer. He has released two singles and his debut single "City Connection" reached No. 2 in 1981 on the Oricon charts.

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, MA, as part of the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival.

References in pop culture[edit]

He is often compared to Gary Coleman, star of Diff'rent Strokes.[6]

He is mentioned as the Antichrist in the 1996 song "Fire Water Burn" by The Bloodhound Gang.[7][non-primary source needed][relevant? ]

In a 2009 South Park episode, "The F Word", he is the head editor of "Webster's Dictionary".[8]

In the 2007 episode of Family Guy, Road to Rupert, Peter Griffin creates a television sitcom called "My Black Son," which stars Lewis.



"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


  1. ^ "Emmanuel Lewis: As the Pint-Size Webster, He Reached New Heights". People. people.com. 28 November 1994. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Illus. Brother Emmanuel Lewis". freemasonsfordummies.blogspot.co.il. 
  3. ^ "Past Commanders In Chiefs - Atlanta Consistory d#24A". Atlanta Consistory 24-A. 
  4. ^ Internet Movie Database. "Emmanuel Lewis - Awards". 
  5. ^ Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. February 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  7. ^ "The Roof is on Fire Lyrics". metrolyrics.com. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  8. ^ Isler, Ramsey (November 5, 2009). "South Park: "The F Word" Review". IGN. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 

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