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Webster turns 35!

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March

Emmanuel Lewis is 35 years old today. Thirty-five? (That just feels wrong, doesn't it? Like the first time you realized that your parents actually had sex, or you wouldn't even be here today.) Lewis starred in Webster from 1983 to 1989, playing an orphan who comes to live with one of his father's friends (played by Alex Karras). Not much of plot really. Just a chance for Lewis to show off his cuteness. (In the 80s, "cuteness" was enough of a plot to launch any TV series. Otherwise, how can you explain Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster and Doogie Howser?)

Lewis also became a "mascot" of sorts to Michael Jackson, who brought his pint-sized friend along to award shows long before Jackson's behavior/fetish was officially categorized as "creepy."

These days, Lewis keeps himself busy making cameos on TV shows and movies about child-stars. He also appeared on the first season of The Surreal Life back in 2003, along with other has-beens like Jerri Manthey (Survivor), Vince Neil (Motley Crue) and Corey Feldman (Dream a Little Dream). You know you're on the road to becoming a future Trivial Pursuit question when you find parentheses after your name.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]

    

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