• Emmanuel Lewis is alive
• He is an actor, businessman, and entrepreneur
• He is not married and has no children
• He is a trained martial artist and a holder of a black belt in karate
• His net worth is estimated at $600,000

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Short Info

Net Worth$500 thousand
Date Of BirthMarch 9, 1971
MarkChipmunk laugh, turned asthmatic laugh after growing up
FactHis birthday is also the anniversary of The The Notorious B.I.G.'s death.

Is Emmanuel Lewis dead or still alive?

Emmanuel Lewis is an actor, who is probably still best known for portraying the title character in the popular 1980s sitcom “Webster”. He is also widely recognized for his later engagements, and appearances in the TV series “The Love Boat” and “One on One”.

Emmanuel Lewis’ Early Life

Emmanuel was born on the 9th March 1971, in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn, and is the youngest of five children raised by a single mother, Margaret Lewis, as his parents separated when he was only two years old, and who served as a computer-science professional. He is of American nationality and of black ethnicity, while his zodiac sign is Pisces. Emmanuel went to Midwood High School from which he matriculated in 1989, then continued his education at Clark Atlanta University, from which he graduated in 1997, earning his degree in theater arts.

Career Beginnings

Despite not being diagnosed with any disorder, Emmanuel Lewis’ height is only 3 ft 6 inches, but he became involved in the world of acting by accident – one day he was jogging with a friend who suggested that his mother contact the Shuller Talent Agency. As soon the agents saw Emmanuel, they offered him a contract, and shortly afterwards he began appearing in various TV commercials and advertisements, actually over 50 commercials, in collaboration with brands such as Campbell’s Soup, Colgate, Burger King and Life Cereal, among plenty of others.

His real acting debut occurred when he appeared in the Papp New York Shakespeare Festival Production’s stegeplay “The Changeling Boy”.

Emmanuel Lewis at Webster

Emmanuel Lewis as Webster

In 1983 young Emmanuel was cast for the title role of Webster in the eponymous ABC’s sitcom. The show follows the life of a young African-American boy, Webster Long who, after his parents are killed in a car accident, is adopted by his wealthy godfather and his upper crust socialite wife. The series was aired between 1983 and 1989, during which Lewis appeared in all 150 episodes through the show’s six seasons. For his great performances, he was honored with four consecutive People’s Choice Awards for the Favorite Young TV performer, between 1984 and 1987. It is certain that this role is still one of the most recognizable and most memorable of Emmanuel Lewis’ acting engagements.

Career Highlights

Apart from “Webster”, Emmanuel Lewis has also added several other notable on-camera appearances to his professional acting portfolio – he also appeared in TV movies “A Christmas Dream” (1984), “Lost in London” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” both in 1985. During the 1990s, Lewis appeared in the 1995 TV movie “The New Adventures of Mother Goose”, and had also starred in the TV series “Family Matters” and “Moesha”. His last on-camera acting appearance occurred in 2007, when he played himself in the comedy movie “Kickin’ It Old School”.

Emmanuel Lewis in Japan

He had huge success in Japan, where he appeared not only as an actor but as a singer as well. Under his own record label, Emmanuel Lewis Entertainment, he released two singles in Japan, entitled “Love is DANDAN” and “City Connection”, of which the latter peaked at No. 2 on the Oricon chart.

Emmanuel Lewis’ Net Worth

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this 47-year old American actor has accumulated so far? How rich Emmanuel Lewis is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Emmanuel Lewis’ net worth, as of mid-2018, revolves around the sum of $600,000, primarily acquired through his acting career mainly from 1983 ’til 2007, as well as through his business endeavors.

Is Emmanuel Lewis alive?

His absence from Hollywood caused the controversial question “Is Emmanuel Lewis Dead or Alive?” The answer is – Yes, he is alive! Emmanuel guided his career towards other endeavors which, aside from his own record label, also include a car wash service and a limo company.

Is Emmanuel Lewis married? More about his personal life

Despite his often on-camera appearance, Emmanuel somehow manages to keep his personal life quite private, and far from the media’s eye. As far as it is publically known, Lewis is not married and hasn’t welcomed any children. Details about any romantic connections are unknown to the public as well.

Emmanuel is moderately active on several popular social media networks, such as Twitter and Instagram on which he has been followed by more than 2,000 fans altogether.

Apart from being an actor, businessman and entrepreneur, Emmanuel Lewis is also a trained martial artist – he is a Tae Boo trainee of Billy Blanks as well as a holder of black belt in karate.

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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