SAMUEL E. WRIGHT, THE LITTLE MERMAID'S SEBASTIAN THE CRAB, DIES AT 74

May 28, 2021

By Bob Komsic

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Samuel E. Wright, the actor who voiced Sebastian the crab in Disney’s popular ”The Little Mermaid” has died at 74.
Plenty of Zoomers and their adult children will recall singing along with Wright to the film’s Oscar-winning song ”Under the Sea,” which also won a Grammy.
Wright’s role as a Jamaican crab and adviser to King Triton in the 1989 animated musical was the high point of his lengthy career in movies, TV and theater.
He went on to star in the TV-series adaptation of ”The Little Mermaid,” and had another voice role in the 2000 adventure movie ”Dinosaur.”
Wright, who died after a three-year bout with prostate cancer, also played jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie in Clint Eastwood’s ”Bird,” a biographical film about saxophonist Charlie Parker, and starred as Mufasa in ”The Lion King” on Broadway.
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