• Emmanuel Lewis was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1971 to a computer scientist mother and father who is not mentioned.
• He started his acting career when he was a kid and became the face of Burger King.
• He gained fame through his starring role in the TV series “Webster” and went on to appear in several other films and shows.
• He is an African-American who stands at 4ft 3ins (1.3m) with no known scientific reason behind his height.
• His net worth is estimated at around $1 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$500 thousand
Date Of BirthMarch 9, 1971
MarkHis height
FactShares birthday with Shad Moss, Chingy, the late Raul Julia, and Stephanie Chambers (who was also born the same year as Emmanuel).


If you loved the TV series “Webster”, you are familiar with the main actor, Emmanuel Lewis. The cute little boy was even known as the face of Burger King! However, after the series ended he seems to have disappeared into thin air. What happened to Emmanuel Lewis, and what is the reason behind his height?

Early life and Education

Emmanuel Lewis was born on 9 March 1971, in Brooklyn, New York City USA. His mother is Margaret Lewis who worked as a computer scientist, and he is the youngest of four children. His brothers’ names are Roscoe and Chris and his sister is called Lizziebeth.

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His father isn’t mentioned, but then when he was two his parents divorced. He went to Midwood High School and matriculated in 1989. He then moved to Los Angeles, California to further pursue his acting career, and although he enrolled at Clark Atlanta University located in Atlanta, Georgia in 1989, his acting obligations meant that he didn’t graduate in 1997, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the theatre arts.


Lewis started his acting career when he was still a kid, after he was asked by his actor friend if he wanted to join the entertainment industry.

Lewis’ mother contacted the Schuller Talent Agency that specialized in hiring talented kids for acting in commercials, and he was immediately hired, and started appearing in various advertisements for toys, juices, cars, and, most notably, Burger King. In just a short time, Lewis was a star of over 50 commercials. His commercial for toothpaste brand Colgate can even be seen in the movie “Splash” from 1984!

He made his TV debut in 1982, when he appeared in the TV movie version of Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, after which he soon appeared on several TV talk shows, such as “The Phil Donahue Show” and “The Tonight Show”.

The very next year, he landed the starring role in the TV series “Webster”, and remained in the show until it ended five seasons later, even winning the People’s Choice Award for his portrayal of the adopted boy, Webster.

In 1984, he portrayed Billy in the TV movie “A Christmas Dream”, and the next year appeared in the television movie “Lost in London”. After “Webster” was over in 1989, he took a break from acting until 1995, when he appeared in “The New Adventures of Mother Goose”. Three years later, he had a guest role in the TV series “Moesha” in which he portrayed David. In 2005 he portrayed himself in the TV series “One on One”.

As of April 2020 his last feature film appearance was a cameo in the comedy film “Kickin’ It Old School” in 2007. In 2014 he was a guest on “TV Guidance Counselor”, a podcast by Ken Reid.

Personal Life

Lewis was raised by a rather strict family, which is the main reason why he didn’t follow the destructive path of many child actors. His mother is said to have driven him to work every day and back home, and she would limit any activities that could lead to substance or alcohol abuse – she was even present during the filming of “Webster”. It is reported that one time she got in a fight with his colleagues who would constantly pick him up and carry him like a child to the set.

Emmanuel Lewis

He has keeps his private life away from the media, so his romantic connections are unknown,  including whether or not he is married, dating, and if he has any kids.

He has a huge fan base not only in the US, but also in Japan. He traveled three times to that country just to organize meet-and-greets, and to make a TV movie called “Samurai in New York” that aired on a Japanese television channel. Lewis is also known as a singer in Japan, and his single reached Number 2 on the Japanese Oricon chart.

Lewis is the founder of the Emmanuel Lewis Entertainment music label.

He is a martial arts expert, and even has a black belt in karate! He studied Tae-Bo through Billy Blanks fitness’ course, and is also good at taekwondo.

He was a good friend of the late superstar singer Michael Jackson. The two met during the recording of a video for Jackson’s song “Thriller”, after which Lewis accompanied Jackson to the Academy Awards Presentations and The Emmy Awards Show. The two loved to dress alike, and were often seen on television together. Jackson even lived with Lewis for a while, after he burned his hair during the recording for a Pepsi commercial.

Lewis is a good friend of stand-up comedian Marc Price, and the two have made several public appearances together.

He is often confused with fellow actor and “Diff’rent Strokes” star Gary Coleman, due to their numerous similarities, including small stature.

Lewis isn’t a huge fan of social media, and only has a profile on Twitter, with less than 2000 followers.

Net Worth

Lewis earned small fortune acting in commercials, TV series, and feature films. As of April 2020, his net worth is estimated at around $1 million.

Physical characteristics

Lewis is an African-American with a weight of 77lbs (35kgs), and a short height of just 4ft 3ins (1.3m). He had stated that there is no known scientific reason behind his height, and that he doesn’t have any medical condition – his body simply stopped growing. In fact, Lewis is one of the shortest actors in Hollywood! He has short, black hair and dark eyes.

General Info

Full NameEmmanuel Lewis
Net Worth$500 thousand
Date Of BirthMarch 9, 1971
Height1.3 m
EducationClark Atlanta University, Midwood High School


ParentsMargaret Lewis
SiblingsRoscoe Lewis, Lizziebeth Lewis, Chris Lewis


AwardsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Young TV Performer
NominationsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series
MoviesKickin' It Old Skool
TV ShowsThe Surreal Life: Fame Games, The Surreal Life, Webster, 100 Greatest Kid Stars, Black in the 80s

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#Marks / Signs
1Chipmunk laugh, turned asthmatic laugh after growing up
2His height


1[on Alex Karras]: Alex was a really cool guy, he was the 'gentle giant,' with me. He was very intimidating because he was the lineman for the Detroit Lions. I wasn't even born in the era that he actually played football. Everybody that was older knew how [much] of a scary guy he could be, but when dealing with him on the set he was very protective of me. We would always have lunch together, on more occasions than not, and we would sit at the dining room table on the set, we would go to one of our rooms and we would have our own meals and we would run lines and do stuff together.
2[on his off- and off-screen chemistry with Alex Karras, who played George Papadapolis]: He was a giant of a man with a big heart, a great sense of humor, and very grounded outlook on life. He might have towered over you... but he had a knack of being able get down to your level without being small about it.
3[on the death of Alex Karras]: My heartfelt condolences goes out to Susan, Katie, George, Renny, Peter and the entire Karras & Clark family. My prayers are forever with you guys. I had a very heavy heart this morning and I did not know why. I understand now. Rest in Peace, my friend.
4I was a workaholic basically at the time, and loved every single second of it.
5When asked who is the president of his corporation: "Mom. But as for treasurer, I don't know. But *I'm* the owner."
6I want to produce, direct, write. Learning as I go. Learn this area, do that. Learn that area, do that. And I plan to go to college and study business. Understanding the business is a *must*. So you can be on top of things all the time. You have to think one step, two steps, three steps ahead. You can't just sit still.
7[on how he was 16 and still playing a child in the series, 'Webster']: "There was no reason for me to get frustrated, because I was an actor, and that's what my job said: actor. So you don't play yourself. You're playing a character."
8[on Michael Jackson]: He said I was his form of inspiration. He loved our humor and just hanging out and having fun, with not just me, but my whole family.
9I could not go anywhere. I would get mobbed. Once on a shopping trip with my mom, there was a crowd of people in front of the door yelling, 'Bring out Webster! Bring out Webster!' And they're ranting and they're chanting, and all of a sudden, we heard this thing go '{CLASH!}', and they busted the front display window.
10The only time I've ever gotten nervous was at the White House. I was singing 'White Christmas.' And I had to think, 'Well, Mrs. Reagan is sitting there and all these kids are watching--if I mess up, they're going to hate me.' And the Main Man was just sitting on my shoulder saying, 'Lots of luck, kid'.
11I don't want Webster to be bad. I've had lots of kids come up to me and talk to me like I'm Webster and say, 'You're so bad.' But Webster should be a role model.
12I've had my production company for a few years, but I've just started bringing it out in the last year. I've been thinking up new things to do with it. Last year we did 'Lost in London' [a CBS TV-movie]. Now I'm looking to move into the feature-film field. We're all working hard on our own ideas for a story, and we're looking for good writers. Where are the good writers? They seem to be hiding.
13[on his family]: We weren't rich and we weren't poor. We were just happy if we got 50 cents for the week just to go get some snacks every once in a while.
14It was never a shock to me. It was never a thing where I'd say, 'Oh, my God! What's going on here?' You know, I'm short. Alright. - on his slow growing process
15My mom is extremely protective of me. Wherever I went, my mom and my family went.
16I would never really expose any of my girlfriends to the Press. Everything that I would have with them would be very private. I didn't want to put them through what I had to go through. *I* had to do it. *They* didn't.
17I love the concept that if I ever wanted to walk away from show biz without having to depend on any past money, I can have current money being taken care of all the time.


1Founded his own music label, Emmanuel Lewis Entertainment (June 2000)
2Ranked #6 in VH1's list of the The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005).
3His physical size combined with his age made his Hollywood clout all that more incongruous.
4Had no entourage or limo during his Webster (1983) fame. His mother drove him to work and home.
5According to endocrinologists, he has all the potential for normal growth.
6Remained friends with Michael Jackson up until his death, though they rarely saw each other.
7Became a budding entrepreneur, dabbling with both a limousine company and a car wash service.
8Chooses his projects very carefully. He turned down an offer to play an urban gang-banger.
9His tight-knit family kept him off the destructive path traveled by so many child stars.
10His contract was renegotiated by his agent and attorney after the first season of Webster (1983) to commit him to five more seasons and give him a share of the profits, including syndication money.
11Shares birthday with Shad Moss, Chingy, the late Raul Julia, and Stephanie Chambers (who was also born the same year as Emmanuel).
12His birthday is also the anniversary of The The Notorious B.I.G.'s death.
13Was 12 years old when Webster (1983) first premiered. The series finale premiered just one day after his 18th birthday.
14Was often mistaken for Gary Coleman because of the 3 things he had in common with the Diff'rent Strokes (1978) child star: he's African-American, short, and has starred in a sitcom about trans-racial adoptions.
15Has one sister and two brothers: Lizziebeth (b. 1964), Roscoe (b. 1968), and Chris (b. 1970).
16His parents divorced when he was only 2 years old.
17Is the youngest of 4 children.
18Mother's name is Margaret.
19Returned to show business after graduating college in 1997, but his options were limited. He was just over 4 feet tall and still looked like the little boy from Webster (1983).
20His college years stretched from 1989 until 1997. He took time off for occasional acting gigs.
21Was a contestant on "The Weakest Link". His first question was "What month has the least amount of days?" He unfortunately guessed "May", but was not voted 'the weakest link' until much later on the show.
22Graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 1997 with a theatre arts degree




Kickin' It Old Skool2007Emmanuel Lewis
One on One2005TV SeriesEmmanuel Lewis
Moesha1998TV SeriesDavid
Family Matters1997TV SeriesEmmanuel Lewis
The New Adventures of Mother Goose1995TV MoviePublisher
Webster1983-1989TV SeriesWebster Long
Lost in London1985TV MovieDavey Williams
The Love Boat1984TV SeriesTimmy Somers
A Christmas Dream1984TV MovieBilly
A Midsummer Night's Dream1982TV MovieHuman child


#Deception2013Short special thanks


Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis2013TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2012TV SeriesHimself
The Surreal Life: Fame Games2007TV SeriesHimself - Participant
Child Star Confidential2006TV Series documentaryHimself
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHimself / Herself
The Greatest2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Black in the 80s2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Michael Jackson's Boys2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
BET Comedy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Tripping the Rift2004TV SeriesHimself
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star2003Himself
E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Child Stars: Then and Now2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Surreal Life2003TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern2003TV SeriesHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Frank McKlusky, C.I.2002Himself
Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHimself
Good vs Evil1999TV SeriesHimself
Malcolm & Eddie1999TV SeriesHimself
In the House1996TV SeriesHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1988TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1987TV MovieHimself
Bob Hopes High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza1987TV MovieHimself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Favourite Young Television Performer
Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show1987TV SpecialHost
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday1986TV MovieHimself
Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance from Sweden1986TV MovieHimself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Favourite Young Television Perforemr
The 11th Annual People's Choice Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Favourite Young Television Performer
The Bob Hope Christmas Show1985TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1985TV SeriesHimself
Hour Magazine1985TV SeriesHimself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
The ABC All-Star Spectacular1985TV MovieHimself
50th Presidential Inaugural Gala1985TV MovieHimself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
Salute to Lady Liberty1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Circus of the Stars #91984TV Special documentaryHimself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Children's Program
The Love Boat Fall Preview Special1984TV MovieHimself
The Secret World of the Very Young1984TV MovieHimself
On Stage America1984TV SeriesHimself
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Performer, Accepting Award from Favourite New Television Comedy Program and Nominee: Favourite Male Performer in New Television Show
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1983-1984TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team1984TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 11th Annual American Music Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.1984TV Special documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2009-2016TV SeriesHimself
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories1993TV SpecialHimself
Johnny Carson's 29th Anniversary1991TV SpecialHimself
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues1988Video documentaryHimself


Won Awards

1987People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Young TV Performer
1986People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Young TV Performer
1985People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Young TV Performer
1984People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Young TV Performer

Nominated Awards

1987Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsExceptional Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Television Comedy or Drama SeriesWebster (1983)
1986Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Starring in a Television SeriesWebster (1983)
1985Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor in a Television Comedy SeriesWebster (1983)
1984Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor in a Comedy SeriesWebster (1983)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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