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Emmanuel Lewis

Emmanuel Lewis in 1987
Born Emmanuel Lewis
March 9, 1971 (1971-03-09) (age 39)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present

Emmanuel Lewis (born March 9, 1971) is an American actor. He is best known for having played the eponymous title character in the 1980s’ television sitcom Webster. He is 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) tall. Lewis graduated from Midwood High School and then Clark Atlanta University in 1997. He is often compared with Gary Coleman, star of Diff'rent Strokes.[1]


Early life

Lewis was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. When Diff'rent Strokes became a hit on NBC with Gary Coleman in the starring role, ABC tried, with some success, to duplicate that show's formula of depicting a tiny African-American boy being raised in a white family. The resulting show, Webster, made Lewis a star.

Lewis was nominated for four Young Artist Awards. 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. At the same time, Lewis also was the child spokesperson for the Burger King Whopper.

In popular culture

He has appeared in Kickin' It Old Skool, in which he had a cameo appearance. He is depicted in "The F Word", an episode of South Park, in which he was portrayed as the head editor of the dictionary. (This was done as a play on words between his "Webster" character and the popular dictionary, Webster's Dictionary.) Lewis is mentioned in a song by the Bloodhound Gang, "Fire Water Burn". He has been parodied on Robot Chicken, in which he is named "Manny Moe", mocks Gary Coleman, and appears in reality programming with other celebrities. He is shown in an episode of Family Guy as Peter Griffin's black son in his '80s sitcom.



"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, Shiti Konekushon) (1981 July 5)
    • B side: City Connection (English Version)
    • Lyrics: Sugar Mickey Composer: Long Danny (pseudonym of Nagato Yuki Hiroshi), Arranger: Michel SHIMIN, Sato Yuka
  • "Love is DANDAN" (恋はダンダン) (1981 October 5)
    • Lyrics: Junko Swan, composer: Nagato Yuki Hiroshi, Arranger: Masao Nakajimo


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