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Life of 'Webster' Star Emmanuel Lewis Before, During and After the Show

Bettina Dizon
Jun 08, 2020
09:30 A.M.
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Emmanuel Lewis is nearing the age of 50 but looks like he hasn't aged a day since the finale of "Webster." Here's a look at his life in recent years.

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Emmanuel Lewis spent his teenage years starring as the titular character in the television series "Webster," before deciding to get a college degree.

EARLY YEARS

In 1971, Lewis' parents welcomed their youngest son, who later made a name in Hollywood. The child star, who had three older siblings, began his career in commercials before making it to television.

Emmanuel Lewis attends the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Westin Bonaventure Hotel on April 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Emmanuel Lewis attends the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Westin Bonaventure Hotel on April 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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His decision to enter the entertainment industry came after his actor friend suggested he join by contacting the Schuller Talent Agency for children.

Although "Webster" was his first big role, Lewis appeared on "The Phil Donahue Show" and "The Tonight Show."

Susan Clark, Emmanuel Lewis, and Alex Karras on "Webster," June 3, 1983. | Source: Getty Images

Susan Clark, Emmanuel Lewis, and Alex Karras on "Webster," June 3, 1983. | Source: Getty Images

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At age 12, Lewis stood only at 36-inches, which made him even more famous in the industry. What he lacked for in height, he made up for in personality, character, and success.

He also starred in the film "The New Adventures of Mother Goose Special" alongside Sally Struthers" and "Lost in London" with Ben Vereen.

LIFE AS AN ACTOR

The actor played the part of six-year-old Webster Long when he was 12 and had the same role until age 18.

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Webster's character was an orphaned child, losing his parents to a car accident, who was adopted by a married white couple.

During his time filming for the show, Lewis met and became close to Michael Jackson. "They're both really silly," Kim Fields recalled. "When the three of us were together, you could hardly believe we were three celebrities."

Emmanuel Lewis during "Kickin' It Old Skool" Los Angeles Premiere - After Party at Music Box in Los Angeles, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images

Emmanuel Lewis during "Kickin' It Old Skool" Los Angeles Premiere - After Party at Music Box in Los Angeles, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images

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LIFE AFTER "WEBSTER"

In 1989, Lewis decided to get a college degree in theater arts from Clark Atlanta University, only to return to the industry shortly after.

Apart from "Webster," Lewis appeared on several television shows such as "In the House," "The Love Boat," "Family Matters," "Moesha," "Malcolm & Eddie," and several others.

He also starred in the film "The New Adventures of Mother Goose Special" alongside Sally Struthers" and "Lost in London" with Ben Vereen.

The actor later founded his own music company called Emmanuel Lewis Entertainment and is still deciding about venturing behind the screen as a director.

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