Actor Samuel E. Wright, Dead At 74

Written by on May 26, 2021

Two-time Tony-nominated actor, Samuel E. Wright, who loaned his Trinidadian-accented voice to the Sebastian the Crab character within the 1989 movie The Little Mermaid, has died.

The Hollywood Reporter  reviews that the 74-year-old died on Monday (Might 24) at his Walden, New York dwelling. His daughter Dee Kelly instructed the outlet he had battled prostate most cancers for 3 years. 

“My lovely, sturdy, loving daddy is off to his subsequent journey,” Kelly wrote in a tribute on Fb, CBS News reviews. “My coronary heart has a lot to say however I am nonetheless processing the truth that the sunshine that was and is my daddy will be unable to bodily be right here with me.” 

She added, “Please proceed to wrap us in love and please, please maintain speaking about my daddy. Communicate his title at this time, inform his tales, make somebody smile by sharing one thing you realized from him. That’s what he would need. Immediately we have a good time Samuel E Wright, my daddy.”

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Born on Nov. 20, 1946, in Camden, South Carolina, Wright made his Broadway debut in 1971 in Jesus Christ Famous person, and had a lead function within the 1972-77 manufacturing of Pippin. In 1984, he earned his first Tony nomination for his portrayal as a stern father within the musical The Faucet Dance Child. Earlier than taking up his fun-loving sea character within the Disney movie, Wright additionally appeared because the jazz legend, Dizzy Gillespie in Clint Eastwood’s Hen in 1988. 

Teaming up with Walt Disney Information, the multi-talented actor recorded albums as Sebastian and later returned as King Triton’s courtier for the Little Mermaid prequel for CBS from 1992-94, and  the sequel The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea.

In 1997, he took on the function as Mufasa within the Broadway adaptation of The Lion King. He earned his second Tony nomination for this function in 1998.

He’s survived by his spouse, Amanda and their kids, Keely, Dee and Sam.


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