Samuel E. Wright, The Voice Behind Sebastian From ‘The Little Mermaid’ And Broadway’s Mufasa + Countless More Broadway And TV credits Di-ed on May 24,2021. He was 74. – Video


Samuel E. Wright, the legendary voice of the crab Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid” and Mufasa in Broadway’s “The Lion King,” depart Tuesday at his home in Walden, New York. He was 74. His depart from prostate ca-ncer was confirmed on the official social media page of Montgomery, New York. “Today, the Town of Montgomery deplore the loss of Sam Wright,” they wrote.

“Sam was an inspiration to us all and along with his family established the Hudson Valley Conservatory.”

The tribute continued, “As we say goodbye to a pillar in our community . [we] ask everyone to share a memory and help us celebrate the life of this great man.” Wright garnered international acclaim for his part in the 1989 Disney classic “The Little Mermaid,” especially his vocals for the iconic, Oscar-winning musical number “Under the Sea.” The actor played Ariel’s faithful crustacean sidekick, Sebastian — a role he reprised in spinoffs such as “The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea” and the “House of Mouse.”

Born in Camden, South Carolina, in 1946, Wright got his start on Broadway, starring in legendary productions such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 1971, and earned his first Tony Award nomination for 1984’s “The Tap Dance Kid.” He earned his second for his role as Mufasa in the original Broadway production of “The Lion King” in 1998.

Along with his illustrious theater career, Wright appeared in various hit TV shows, including “All My Children,” “The Cosby Show,” “Spenser: For Hire” and “Jonny Zero.”

He also had a memorable turn as jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie in Clint Eastwood’s 1988 Charlie Parker biopic “Bird.”

Wright’s crestfallen fans and admirers flooded Twitter with tributes following his depart. The New Amsterdam Theatre paid homage to the actor on its marquee, “Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars.

Rest In Peace, Samuel E. Wright | 1946 – 2021 Original Broadway Cast, Mufasa.”

Author Malorie Blackman also offered her sympathy: “RIEP Samuel E. Wright. Your song Kiss The Girl from The Little Mermaid is one of my favourites from any musical ever.” Wright is survived by his wife Amanda and children Keely, Dee and Sam.

This is how people reacted to this post:

p HighGod bless his soul. I grew up watching that cartoon. That cartoon wouldn’t be nothing without his voice like seriously.

Neptune Rich I saw The Little Mermaid a long time ago. I also remember seeing Samuel E. Wright play a detective in the movie Strapped (which is not for kids). R.I.P.

DannyThis looks sad and very disappointing in my own eyes. The actor who played Sebastian the Funny Crab from The Little Mermaid and the Intimidating Villain Kron the Altirhinus from Dinosaur 2000. We all are gonna miss him and hopefully, we’re gonna remember his legacy.

princessjanuaryThank you for your talent, Mr. Wright. How comforting that we will always hear your voice every time we rediscover our childhood memories and with new generations God bless you and your family

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