Emmanuel Lewis (Actor) - Webster
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Updated: 1/13/11

Name: Emmanuel Lewis

Born: March 9, 1971, Brooklyn, New York

Claim To Fame: He is best known for playing the title character in the 1980s television sitcom Webster.

Family Life: Lewis' parents divorced when he was two. His mother Margaret is a computer programmer. He has one sister and two brothers: Lizziebeth (b. 1964), Roscoe (b. 1968), and Chris (b. 1970).

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Info: His acting career began at the age of nine with roles in national and regional commercials, including one for the successful Jell-O Pudding campaign featuring Bill Cosby. He was chosen to appear in a bunch of national commercials for Burger King, which led to him landing the leading role on Webster.

After Webster, Lewis enrolled in Clark Atlanta University and earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre Arts. He also continued working in television throughout the '90s, making guest appearances on various series including Family Matters, In the House, Moesha, Malcolm & Eddie and Good vs. Evil.

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Trivia: Graduated from Midwood High School in 1989 and then Clark Atlanta University in 1997.

Is 4 ft 3 in tall.

Is the youngest of four children.

Ranked #6 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars" (2005).

Remained friends with Michael Jackson up until his death, though they rarely saw each other.

Has been parodied on Robot Chicken, in which he is named "Manny Moe", mocks Gary Coleman, and appears in reality programming with other celebrities.

There is no medical reason found as to why he remained so small.

Became a household name overseas in the mid-1980?s when he released the song titled City Connection.

Has appeared in variety shows, such as Circus of the Stars and Bob Hope?s Christmas Special.

Founded a production company, Emmanuel Lewis Entertainment Enterprises, in 1985.

Won the People's Choice Award for Best Young Television Performer for his work on Webster three years in a row.

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Where Are They Now: Lewis has made several appearances as himself in films and on television over the years. He appeared in the 2003 David Spade feature Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star and in the 2007 comedy Kickin It Old Skool. He participated in the 2007 season of the VH1 reality series of The Surreal Life.

He has also made appearances on several TV series documentaries, including Child Star Confidential, I Love the 80's 3-D, Black in the 80s, and E! True Hollywood Story. Nowadays, he splits his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles. He spends his free time fishing and doing karate, in which he has a Black Belt.

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