Samuel E. Wright

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Samuel E. Wright
Born(1946-11-20) November 20, 1946 (age 65)
Camden, South Carolina, United States
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1973-2008
 
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Samuel E. Wright
Born(1946-11-20) November 20, 1946 (age 65)
Camden, South Carolina, United States
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1973-2008

Samuel E. Wright (born November 20, 1946) is an American film and theater actor and singer who is best known as the voice of Sebastian in Disney's The Little Mermaid, for which he provided the main vocals to "Under the Sea", which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Wright also played the part of Mufasa in the original cast of The Lion King on Broadway. Another accomplishment of his was voicing Kron the Iguanodon in Disney's CGI film Dinosaur.

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Career

Wright was nominated for a Tony Award in 1984 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in The Tap Dance Kid, and again in 1998 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical as the original lead actor for Mufasa in The Lion King, the Broadway version of Disney's animated classic of the same name. Wright played Enos' partner Turk in the TV series Enos. Wright originated the part of "Sam" in Over Here! on Broadway. Wright also played the part of Jericho on the short lived Fox TV show Jonny Zero.

He ran his own drama school in Walden, New York called the "Hudson Valley Conservatory" and wrote a short play Radio Days about the era when people listened to radio like they watch TV today. The play features different bits of music and excerpts from various musicals. But this play was mainly written as a didactic play for child actors. He also wrote a Shakespearian style play called Love's Labor, a historical fiction play about Shakespeare's own life and how he began down his path of tragic works after losing his son Hamnet.

Filmography

Music

Wright has performed and recorded several songs for the Walt Disney Animated film, The Little Mermaid, as Sebastian the Crab. He is most renowned for the songs, "Under the Sea", and "Kiss the Girl".

Wright released a soul music record in 1973, "There's Something Funny Going On" b/w "Three Hundred Pounds of Hungry" on the Paramount label.[1]

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