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RIP: Samuel E. Wright [ actor / voice in animation ] at 74......
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 25, 2021 05:58PM
......voice of Sebastian the Crab in Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'.......of prostate cancer.....

Samuel E. Wright, Voice of Sebastian the Crab in ‘The Little Mermaid,’ Dies at 74

The South Carolina native also played Dizzy Gillespie in Clint Eastwood's 'Bird' and a bunch of grapes in underwear commercials.

.....Samuel E. Wright, the two-time Tony-nominated actor who provided the Trinidadian-accented voice of the fun-loving Sebastian the Crab in the 1989 film The Little Mermaid, has died. He was 74.

Wright died peacefully Monday night at his home in Walden, New York, after a three-year battle with prostate cancer, his daughter Dee told The Hollywood Reporter. “He was the brightest light,” she said.

The delightful 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.

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.

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.

For The Little Mermaid, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman, Wright performed “Under the Sea,” which won the Oscar for best original song, and “Kiss the Girl,” which was nominated in the category as well.

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.

“Maybe not every actor would say this, but if I didn’t want to be immortal, I wouldn’t be acting,” he told the Los Angeles Times in a 1991 interview. “I do want to make my little mark on the world.

“An actor’s worst nightmare is to hear, 10 years from now, ‘Sam Wright? Who was Sam Wright?’ If you have that kind of attitude, you tend to take each role and make it the best role you’ve done. You don’t know what people are going to judge you by. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cartoon, Dizzy Gillespie or Othello, I’m going to play it with the same fervor — just in case anybody’s watching.”......

Under.....the Sea........?!

YouTube of.....'Kiss the Girl'.......?!


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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/25/2021 06:07PM by NewtonMP2100.
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