Emmanuel Lewis, ‘Webster’ From the 80s TV Sitcom, is now a 51-Year Old HBCU Grad

Emmanuel Lewis known as Webster

Emmanuel Lewis, was 12 years old when he debuted as a young actor on the first episode of Webster, a 1980s television sitcom about a 5-year-old orphan whose parents had been killed in a car accident and had been adopted by his godparents, an affluent white couple. He is now 51 years old, and a proud HBCU graduate from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Webster aired from 1983 to 1989 on ABC and reportedly was the network's answer to the popularity of Diff'rent Strokes starring Gary Coleman, with Lewis being the new cute African American kid adopted by a white family.

For his role, Lewis won several awards including a Clio Award which he won twice and he is also a three-time winner of the People's Choice Award. He was also nominated for four Young Artist Awards.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Emmanuel began his career as a model and a child spokesperson for major brands including Burger King. After his acting career, he graduated from Midwood High School in 1989. Shortly after, he enrolled at Clark Atlanta and later graduated with a bachelor's degree in Theater Arts.

In his personal life, he is a taekwondo practitioner and in Japan, he is known as a singer who released two singles, one of which reached number 2 on the local Japanese music charts.