It has been over two decades since the loveable, cuddly, little Emmanuel Lewis made his debut on his hit TV show, “Webster”, yet he still gets fan mail. The ABC series star reveals, “The only place I can go where I’m not mobbed is my house.”
The show first aired in 1983 and starred Lewis in the title role as a young boy who, after losing his parents, is adopted by his NFL-pro godfather, portrayed by Alex Karras, and his new socialite wife, played by Susan Clark. The focus was largely on how this impulsively married couple had to adjust to their new lives and sudden parenthood, but it was Lewis’ character, “Webster,” who drove much of the episode storylines.
For his role on the television series, Lewis was nominated for four Young Artist Awards. Lewis was also the child spokesperson for the Burger King Whopper. Lewis is a recipient of three “People’s Choice Awards” in the 1980s, as well as several other awards for the numerous commercials he appeared in.
He hit his maximum height at 40 inches and stopped growing, making him one of showbiz’s shortest men.
Emmanuel Lewis’s mother took him to doctors, worried that her son’s peers were growing, while hers remained the same. However, doctors, after examining him, said there was no reason for his poor growth.
What is He Up to Now?
Lewis, now 50, appears not to have aged much since his sitcom days, a fact that he insists isn’t attributable to any debilitating medical condition. He divides his time between houses in Atlanta and L.A., both of which he shares with his mother and four siblings.
He also had huge fame in Japan; recording a song that topped the Japanese music charts, and starred in a television movie, made for Japanese audiences.
Since the show, Lewis has appeared in numerous TV shows, game shows and in Japan he’s had a flourishing singing career. In Japan, he is known as a singer and has released two singles. His debut single, “City Connection,” reached Number 2 on the Oricon chart.
Lewis, who was born in Brooklyn, New York currently stands 3 ft, 6in, in height and keeps in shape through healthy eating and his love for the martial art Tae Kwon Do. He’s an avid practicer of the art form and is a certified Black Belt. There are two main benefits that Lewis gets from Tae Kwon Do:
Taekwondo offers a variety of movements, patterns, strikes, kicks and punches that keep the mind stimulated and the body strong. Learning to control your movements, perfect your forms and memorize patterns takes concentration and…