SAMUEL E. Wright, a Broadway star and the voice of SÃ©bastien the crab in the Disney movie The Little Mermaid, died at the age of 74.
Wright died on May 24 at his home in Walden, New York, after a battle with prostate cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
What movies and TV shows has Samuel E. Wright starred in?
Wright has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including the 1989 fan favorite The Little Mermaid.
From the animated film, Wright performed the song Under the Sea, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song, and Kiss the Girl, which was nominated, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He also played the role of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie in Clint Eastwood’s Bird, released in 1988.
âMaybe not all actors would say that, but if I didn’t want to be immortal, I wouldn’t act,â he told the Los Angeles Times in an interview in 1991.
âI want to leave my little mark in the world.
âAn actor’s worst nightmare is to hear, in 10 years, ‘Sam Wright? Who was Sam Wright? ‘
âIf you have that kind of attitude, you tend to take every role and make it the best part you’ve ever played.
“You don’t know what people are going to judge you on. 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 anyone is watching.”
Wright also had a distinguished stage career, performing in Broadway shows like Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin.
Wright originally played the role of Mufasa in the 1997 Broadway production of The Lion King.
He has also appeared in television shows such as the original Law & Order, The Cosby Show, Ball Four, and the soap opera All My Children.
He helped launch the Hudson Valley Conservatory in Walden, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Sam and his family have impacted countless young people in the Hudson Valley, always inspiring them to go higher and dig deeper to become the best version of themselves,” the town wrote. by Montgomery on Facebook.
âIn addition to his passion for the arts and his love for his family, Sam was best known for walking into a room and simply giving PURE JOY to those he interacted with.
“He loved to entertain, he loved to make people smile and laugh, and he loved to love.”