Emmanuel Lewis

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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. He is tall. Lewis graduated from Midwood High School in 1989 and then Clark Atlanta University in 1997. He is often compared to Gary Coleman, star of Diff'rent Strokes.

Personal life

Lewis was born in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, Margaret Lewis, was a computer programmer.

Currently, Emmanuel Lewis resides in Six Nations Reserve near Caledonia, Ontario, Canada.


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 small African-American boy being raised in a white family. The resulting show, Webster, made Lewis a star.

In Japan, he is known as a singer. He released 2 singles and his debut single "City Connection" reached No.2 at Oricon chart.

In an episode of South Park he is the head editor of "Webster's Dictionary".

He had cameo appearance in Kickin' It Old Skool.

On January 9, 2003, he and MC Hammer appeared on the Howard Stern Radio Show to promote the show The Surreal Life. Lewis attempted to play down comparisons to Gary Coleman and questions about his height. He also spoke at length about his relationship with Michael Jackson

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. He is a practitioner of taekwondo.


  • Webster (1983"1989) TV series
  • A Christmas Dream (1984) TV special
  • Lost in London (1985) (TV)
  • Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show (1987) (TV)
  • The New Adventures of Mother Goose (1995) (TV)
  • Family Matters (1997) episodes "Odd Man In" and "Beauty and the Beast"
  • Moesha (1998) (TV)
  • Malcolm & Eddie (1999) (TV)
  • The Surreal Life (2003) (TV)
  • Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
  • My Super Sweet Sixteen (2005) (TV)
  • One on One (2005) (TV)
  • Kickin' It Old Skool (2007) (Film)
  • The Surreal Life: Fame Games (2007) (TV)
  • The Lil Flex Show (2008) (TV)


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

  • "City Connection" ("?"?"?"??"?"???, Shite 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" ("??????) (1981 October 5)
    • Lyrics: Junko Swan, composer: Nagato Yuki Hiroshi, Arranger: Masao Nakajimo

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