Emmanuel Lewis (born March 9, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor. He is best known for having played the title character in the 1980s’ television sitcom Webster. He is 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) tall. Lewis graduated from Midwood High School and then Clark Atlanta University in 1997. He is often compared with Gary Coleman, star of "Diff'rent Strokes".
When Diff'rent Strokes became a hit on NBC with Coleman in the starring role, ABC tried, with some success, to duplicate that show's formula of depicting a tiny African-American boy being raised in a white family. The resulting show, Webster, made Lewis a star.
Lewis was nominated for four Young Artist Awards. In 1984 he was nominated for Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series for Webster and lost to Rick Schroder of Silver Spoons. In 1985 he was nominated for the same award but it went to Billy Jayne of "It's Not Easy". In 1986 he was nominated for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series which "Marc Price" ended up winning for his performance in "Family Ties". In 1987 he was nominated for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Television Comedy or Drama Series which Kirk Cameron of "Growing Pains" won. At the same time, Lewis also was the child spokesperson for the Burger King Whopper.
He recently appeared in "Kickin' It Old Skool", in which he had a cameo.