Have you watched a show and conducted a silent vote on which actor or actress is most likely to succeed? Yes, not only you but the rest of us do it too – especially on shows like Webster, which was quite popular in the late 80s. Have you ever wondered what happened to the lovely child actor who played the title character? His name is Emmanuel Lewis, and we’ve hardly seen or heard from him since the show ended.
While the show may sound unfamiliar to people in Generation Z, Webster would probably evoke a nostalgic feeling for an average millennium, especially since many of us enjoyed watching the sitcom while growing up. Read everything we know about the actor and why we haven’t seen much of him in this play lately.
Who Is Emmanuel Lewis?
Emmanuel Lewis is a funny African-American actor who was born on March 9, 1971, in New York City, more precisely in Brooklyn. He is the youngest son of a computer scientist and single mother of five children, Margaret Lewis.
His acting career began in his childhood and he was only 12 years old when he played the lead role in Webster. However, when the series ended in 1989, Lewis was a young adult who was in his final year at Midwood High School in Brooklyn, which he graduated from the same year. He later enrolled at Clark Atlanta University in 1989 to study mass communication, but eventually studied theater arts and received his bachelor’s degree in 1997.
What Awards and Recognition Has He Won in His Career?
The funny African-American actor has appeared several times on television and in films over the years. His notable works include Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show (1987), The Weakest Link (2001), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), and Kickin’ It Old Skool (2007), but he has another role as great as Webster.
It is known that Lewis won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Young TV Performers for his work on Webster and has been nominated for several Young Actor Awards four times in four consecutive years since 1984. In total, he has won four awards and four nominations for his name, and all of them were nominated for his role as Webster.
Friendship With Michael Jackson
Lewis is one of the few people still alive who had a really special friendship with the King of Pop. The duo announced their friendship to the public by going to the 1984 Grammy Awards together. After that, they spent a lot of time together, both privately and in public. According to Lewis, Jackson not only loved their humor, but he also saw it as a source of inspiration and enjoyed being with him and his family.
They did a lot together, from shared hotel rooms to Michael who stayed with Lewis for months, to Jackson who let him go on his sets and tour stages, to the two of them going to the Grammys together again in 1993.
Is Emmanuel Lewis Married?
As far as we know, Lewis is not married. The actor describes himself as a very private person, and he has met this standard regarding his love life to the letter. To date, Lewis has never been the subject of a public love affair, and when he is with someone, he probably tries to keep that person out of the public eye.
Where is the Former Child Prodigy Now?
Since Lewis is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, he decided to make it in the off-world by founding small production companies, notably Emmanuel Lewis Entertainment Enterprises and Global Entertainment Media Company. Unfortunately, these companies didn’t do as well as he had hoped and this led to their dissolution in 2008 and 2011 respectively.
The vibrant young man also tried his luck as a record label owner when he founded Flex Floss Entertainment in June 2000. The label kept Lewis busy for years, but it was not as successful as his previous establishments.
Lewis is not only an actor, comedian, musician, and businessman, but also an active member of the Masonic organization, having served as commander-in-chief of the Atlanta Masonic Association from 2013 to 2014.
So far there are no concrete details about his current efforts, but it has been confirmed that the rumors of his death are fake. He may no longer be seen on the big screen or the small screen, as in the past, but Emmanuel Lewis is definitely alive and seemingly healthy, at least at the time of writing this article.