Samuel E. Wright, the actor and singer whose voice was heard by millions as Sebastian the crab in it The little Mermaid, is deceased. The news was broken by the official Facebook page for Wright’s hometown of Montgomery, New York, per TMZ. A cause of death was not revealed, but the City of Montgomery honored Wright with a statement in the mail. He was 74 years old.
“ Today the city of Montgomery is mourning the loss of Sam Wright, ” the message said, including a photo of Samuel E. Wright with Town Supervisor Brian Maher and his brother Patrick in Walden in the 1990s. “Sam was an inspiration to all of us and together with his family founded the Hudson Valley Conservatory. Sam and his family have impacted countless Hudson Valley youth and have always inspired them to reach higher and dig deeper for the best. version of itself. “
The statement added: “In addition to his passion for art and his love for his family, Sam was best known for walking into a room and simply offering it PURE JOY to those he interacted with. He loved to entertain, he loved to make people smiled and laughed and he loved to love The greater Montgomery congregation mourns together today As we say goodbye to a pillar in our community and ask everyone to share a memory and to help celebrate the life of this wonderful man. “
Born November 20, 1946, Wright was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical in 1984, based on her performance in The Tap Dance Kid. More than a decade later, he would be nominated again for the same award for playing Mufasa in the Broadway adaptation of the Disney animated film. The lionking. His stage work also includes playing the Scarecrow in The Wiz at the Apollo Theater in 1995 alongside Whitney Houston, Keith David and Cedric the Entertainer.
Of course, Wright is perhaps best known as Sebastian in The little Mermaid, a singing crab with a truly unique voice like no other. He also provided lead vocals for the memorable songs “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl”. He has reprized the role several times in the direct-to-video sequels in the years since Sebastian’s Caribbean Jamboree, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, and The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning. Wright would also voice Sebastian in the early 90s animated series adaptation, along with several other Disney shows and video games.
Daveed Diggs will voice Sebastian in the live-action reboot of The little Mermaid that is currently in the works at Netflix. When the project was announced, many fans of the original animated movie campaigned for Wright to reprise the role. This was due to a viral video in which Wright sings “Under the Sea” to his fans, showing that he hadn’t lost a step with his vocals. Because the voice is so iconic, many fans hoped Wright would return to Sebastian again, even if the rest of the cast were different.
Our thoughts go out to Wright’s loved ones who feel the loss of his death during this painful time. May he rest in peace while his memory lives on. This news comes from TMZ.
Subjects: Obituaries, The Little Mermaid, Disney