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Samuel E. Wright, Whose Voice Is behind Sebastian in 'The Little Mermaid,' Dies

Gracious Egedegbe
May 26, 2021
05:55 A.M.
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Hollywood star Samuel E. Wright, an iconic voice actor, has passed on. Wright's death was recently announced, and he was said to have been battling prostate cancer for a while. 


Iconic actor Samuel E. Wright, who portrayed the memorable role of Sebastian the crab in 1989's "The Little Mermaid," has passed on. Wright was aged 74.

The late actor was said to have passed away in his hometown of Walden in New York. Details surrounding his demise were shared on the official Facebook page of Montgomery town. 


Wright was described as an "aspiration" to all as he put efforts alongside his family to establish the Hudson Valley Conservatory. The actor and his loved ones made unforgettable innovations in Hudson Valley.

Wright inspired many youths to follow their dreams and search within them to tap into their talents. Above that, he was said to be someone with an infectious brightness. 

The actor started his career in broadway in the 1970s, and he scored several recognitions for iconic roles. He originated the Mufasa character in the Broadway version of "The Lion King."  


He was also known for his role in "The Tapdance Kid." He earned two Tony nominations for this role and that of "The Lion King." In 1976, he transitioned to TV.

He appeared on shows like "All My Children," "The Cosby Show," and films like "Bird," where he co-starred with Forest Whittaker But his signature role came through Disney's "The Little Mermaid."

Wright originated the Jamaican crab character, Sebastian, and went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song after popularizing the reggae-style "Under The Sea."

The notable voice actor reprised his revered role in sequels of the animated film. He is survived by Amanda, his wife of 49 years, and their three grown children, Dee, Keely, and Sam.