Samuel E. Wright, Voice of Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid” & Original The Lion King on Broadway Mufasa, Passes Away at 74

Samuel E. Wright, who voiced Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, has passed away at age 74.

In addition to The Little Mermaid, Wright voiced Sebastian in both direct-to-video sequels, the TV series, and other Disney media. He also voiced Kron the Iguanodon in Disney’s Dinosaur. He originated the role of Mufasa in The Lion King on Broadway.

Wright’s other credits include Simon & Simon, The Cosby Show, and All My Children. He co-starred as a lead in Enos, the short-lived spin-off to The Dukes of Hazzard. On Broadway, he also appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin.

Wright is survived by his wife, Amanda, and three children.