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Samuel E. Wright Biography – Samuel E. Wright Wiki
Samuel E. Wright was an American actor and singer. He was best known as the voice of Sebastian the crab in the 1989 film “The Little Mermaid,” for which he provided the lead vocals to “Under the Sea”, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Wright worked often on Broadway; he made his debut in 1971 in Jesus Christ Superstar, replaced Ben Vereen in the original 1972-77 production of Pippin and starred as Mufasa in The Lion King starting in 1997.
Wright also appeared as jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie in Clint Eastwood’s Bird (1988) and as the purple bunch-of-grapes character in a series of commercials for Fruit of the Loom underwear.
Wright later recorded reggae-infused albums for Walt Disney Records as Sebastian and returned as Triton’s courtier for a 1992-94 Little Mermaid prequel for CBS, for the straight-to-video sequel The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea and for other shows like Marsupilami and House of Mouse.
Born on Nov. 20, 1946, in Camden, South Carolina, Wright played Washington Americans ballplayer C.B. “Cool Breeze” Travis opposite Jim Bouton on the short-lived 1976 sitcom Ball Four, then starred in 1980-81 as a cop on The Dukes of Hazzard spinoff Enos.
He also guest-starred on such series as The Cosby Show, Simon & Simon and Spenser: For Hire and did voice work on Dinosaur (2000). He earned his first Tony nomination in 1984 for his portrayal as a stern father in the musical The Tap Dance Kid, then received another for The Lion King in 1998.
Samuel E. Wright Age
Samuel E. Wright was born on November 20, 1946, in Camden, South Carolina. He died on May 24, 2021, in Walden, New York. He was 74.
Samuel E. Wright Wife
Was Samuel E. Wright married? He was married to his wife Amanda Wright.
Samuel E. Wright Children, Family
Samuel E. Wrightand and wife Amanda Wright had three children: Keely, Dee, and Sam.
Samuel E. Wright Death
Montgomery town officials posted a tribute to Wright on Facebook: “The Town of Montgomery mourns the loss of Sam Wright…Sam was an inspiration to us all and along with his family established the Hudson Valley Conservatory.
“Sam and his family have impacted countless Hudson Valley youth always inspiring them to reach higher and dig deeper to become the best version of themselves. On top of his passion for the arts and his love for his family, Sam was most known for walking into a room and simply providing PURE JOY to those he interacted with. He loved to entertain, he loved to make people smile and laugh and he loved to love.”
Samuel E. Wright Cause of Death
His cause of death was due to prostate cancer.
Samuel E. Wright Net Worth
Samuel E. Wright’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.