Emmanuel Lewis

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Emmanuel Lewis
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Lewis in 1987
Emmanuel Darnell Lewis

(1971-03-09) March 9, 1971 (age 49)
Years active1982–present

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

Personal life[edit]

Lewis was born in Brooklyn, New York City and graduated from Midwood High School in 1989. He earned a bachelor's degree from Clark Atlanta University in 1997.

Lewis is a practitioner of taekwondo.[1] His height has only changed by 6 inches (15 cm) since his childhood appearances in Webster, making him relatively short. He has been diagnosed with dwarfism.[2]

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. 24A in the Orient of Georgia.[3][4]

Friendship with Michael Jackson[edit]

Lewis had a strong friendship with Michael Jackson for several years. The two met when Jackson invited Lewis to the set of the Thriller music video, teaching him dance moves. Their friendship went public in 1984 when both attended the 26th Annual Grammy Awards. Subsequently, they spent more time in public together. After Jackson's hair caught on fire while filming a Pepsi commercial, the singer moved into Lewis' house after being discharged from the hospital. He stayed there for several months.

Jackson even allowed Lewis to appear on stage with him during the Victory Tour and visit the sets of "We Are the World", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Remember the Time" and Captain EO.


From his role on the television series Webster, Lewis was nominated for four Young Artist Awards.[5] 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.[6]

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


  1. ^ "Emmanuel Lewis: As the Pint-Size Webster, He Reached New Heights". People. 28 November 1994. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  2. ^ Jo-Carolyn Goode "Emmanuel Lewis More than Meets the Eye" Houston Style Magazine 2016 http://stylemagazine.com/news/2015/mar/11/emmanuel-lewis-more-meets-eye/
  3. ^ http://freemasonsfordummies.blogspot.co.il/2015/12/illus-brother-emmanuel-lewis.html
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/save/http://www.atlantaconsistory.org/history-of-atlanta-consistory-no-24a.html
  5. ^ Internet Movie Database. "Emmanuel Lewis - Awards". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Zach Galifianakis (February 12, 2013). "Oscar Buzz Edition Part 2". Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. 2:34 minutes in. Funny or Die.

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