The Little Mermaid star Samuel E. Wright dead at 74

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Samuel E. Wright, who voiced the iconic character Sebastian the crab in Disney's The Little Mermaid, has died at the age of 74.

The star's passing was announced in a Facebook post on a neighbourhood-run page for Montgomery, New York, where Wright lived.

Samuel E. Wright attends the 20th Anniversary Performance of 'The Lion King' on Broadway After Party at The Minskoff Theatre on November 5, 2017 in New York City
Samuel E. Wright, who voiced the iconic character Sebastian the crab in Disney's The Little Mermaid, has died. Photo: Getty Images.

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Jodi Benson, Jason Marin, and Samuel E. Wright in The Little Mermaid (1989). Photo: © 1989 - Walt Disney Studios. All rights Reserved.
"Kiss the Girl," which Wright sang, won an Oscar for Best Original song. Photo: © 1989 - Walt Disney Studios. All rights Reserved.

Along with voicing Sebastian, Wright also sang two of the 1989 film's songs, "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl" — both were nominated for Academy Awards with the latter winning the Best Original Song award.

Wright went on to voice mermaid Ariel's red-shelled companion in subsequent Little Mermaid spin-off films, TV shows and video games.

He appeared on The Cosby Show in 1986 and later, on Law & Order from 1994 to 2000.

Wright had an impressive Broadway career as well, beginning with multiple roles in the original 1971 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He is credited with originating the part of Simba's father, Mufasa, in the Tony-award-winning musical adaptation of The Lion King.

Actor Samuel E. Wright and wife Mandy Wright arrive at the DVD launch of Walt Disney's
Wright with his wife Mandy at the DVD launch of Disney's Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning in 2008. Photo: Getty Images.

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