• Emmanuel Lewis is a famed American-born TV personality and actor
• He first rose to prominence as a child actor, starring in the People’s Choice Award-winning sitcom “Webster”
• He holds a black belt in karate and has toured many international destinations
• He is the founder and CEO of the motion picture studio, The Anatole Company, Inc.
• He is worth around $1 million as of late-2022.
Emmanuel Lewis is a famed American-born TV personality and actor, who first rose to prominence as a child actor, starring in the People’s Choice Award-winning sitcom “Webster,” which aired on American Broadcasting Company (ABC).
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Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Emmanuel Lewis hails from Brooklyn, New York City, and was born under the Pisces zodiac sign on 9 March 1971, which makes him 51 years old as of 2022. His mother was Margaret Lewis, who had a job in the computer science field, but he hasn’t disclosed any information about his father. He is the youngest of his siblings, Chris, Lizziebeth and Roscoe Lewis. When he was young, Emmanuel possessed the desire, facial attractiveness and all the skills required to become an actor and advertising star; his mother was very supportive of his dreams and signed him with Schuller Talent Agency. He appeared in over 60 adverts for cars, fruit juices, and audio equipment, among others, and posed for many brands such as Life Cereal and Campbell’s Soup.
Lewis attended Midwood High School, in Atlanta, Georgia, and matriculated in 1989. Subsequently, he enrolled at Clark Atlanta University, from where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts in 1997.
Hobbies and Facts
Emmanuel is physically active, and has trained in taekwondo. He holds a black belt in karate, and trained under the acclaimed American martial artist, actor and fitness personality Billy W.
He is very keen on traveling and has toured many international destinations including Japan.
Emmanuel became very popular for appearing in four Burger King commercials as a child. Moreover, he became a household name for his appearance in a former Colgate commercial, which can be seen in the 1984 movie, “Splash.” He landed his first acting job in Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park (formerly called the New York Shakespeare Festival) production of the acclaimed play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Thereafter, he began appearing in various TV shows, including “The Tonight Show” and the chat show “The Phil Donahue Show.”
1983 saw Emmanuel selected to star in the People’s Choice Award-winning Syndication and ABC sitcom “Webster”, appearing in all five seasons until it ended in 1989, and sharing the screen with the late professional wrestler, American Football player and actor Alex Karras, and Susan Clark. He was also cast in an episode of the ABC drama “The Love Boat,” which was followed by a role in the 1984 TV movie “A Christmas Dream.” Subsequently, he took an hiatus from the screen and made a comeback in 1995, when he was cast in “The New Adventures of Mother Goose.”
In 1997, he guest-starred in two episodes of the NAACP Image Award-winning American sitcom “Family Matter” and in 1998, he was cast as David in the TV show “Moesha.” His next role was in the series “One on One,” in which he portrayed himself. Before the century ended, he shared the screen with Malcom-Jamal Warner, Addie Griffin and Karen Malina White in the sitcom “Malcolm & Eddie” (1999).
In 2001, Lewis was seen in the British show “The Weakest Link”. and in 2003 he contested in the reality TV show “The Surreal Life” together with MC Hammer, Gabrielle Carteris, and Jerri Manthey, among others. 2005 saw Lewis appearing in the MTV reality TV show “My Super Sweet 16,” which follows the story of teenagers from wealthy families. He then appeared in Harvey Glazer’s comedy movie “Kickin’ It Old School” in 2007. He was invited to contribute to the podcast, “TV Guidance Counselor” by Ken Reid in 2014.
Emmanuel is also a talented singer, the founder of the music labels Emmanuel Lewis Entertainment and Global Entertainment Media Company, which were disbanded in 2008 and 2011 respectively. He also founded the record label, Flex Floss Entertainment in mid-2000, and created the non-profit organization, Future Begins Now, which is aimed at nurturing young people’s talents.
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The “Webster” star previously launched the production firm, DOPECAMERAGIRL, which specializes in photography and TV production. Moreover, he is the founder and CEO of the motion picture studio, The Anatole Company, Inc., which handles TV, film, and music production.
He is popularly known as a musician in Japan, and has released several singles including his hit song “City Connection” and “Emmanuel Lewis Handjob.”
Awards and Nominations
For his appearance in “Webster,” Emmanuel won four consecutive People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Young TV Performer from 1984-1987, and in the same years was nominated for four consecutive Young Artist Awards, also for “Webster”.
Emmanuel is very secretive about his personal life, and isn’t very active on social media, having less than 2500 followers on Twitter. He hasn’t introduced anyone as his partner, and is reportedly unmarried without children.
Emmanuel was good friends with the late legendary American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson. The duo met for the first time during the recording of Michael’s music video “Thriller.” They became very fond of each other, and appeared in many music festivals together, including Emmy Award Show and Academy Awards Presentations. At times, the two former friends wore matching outfits when they made public appearances together. Reportedly, Emmanuel moved in with Jackson for a while shortly after the latter’s hair caught fire during the filming for a Pepsi commercial.
Lewis has also maintained a friendly relationship with the actor and comedian Mark Prince, and they’ve been seen spending time together on various occasions.
Many used to confuse Emmanuel with the late Young Artist Award-winning American comedian and actor, Gary Wayne Coleman, who was one of the highest-paid child TV actors of the ’80s, as the two are of short stature and look alike. Gary was even ranked first on the 100 Greatest Kid Stars on the American basic cable TV network, VH1. He was popularly known for his lead role as Arnold in the sitcom “Different Strokes,” which aired from 1978 to 1986.
Lewis’ absence from Hollywood resulted in the rumor that he was dead. However, the news was later confirmed to be fake, and he’s alive and seemingly healthy.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Emmanuel is of Afro-American roots and has dark eyes and short black hair. He’s one of Hollywood’s shortest actors, whose height is around 4ft 3ins (1.3m). He’s revealed that there’s no scientific reason behind his short stature, and that he does not suffer from any disease. He weighs around 80lbs (36kgs).
Emmanuel has accumulated his net worth from his appearances in TV commercials, feature films, and TV series. He is authoritatively worth around $1 million as of late-2022.