Samuel E. Wright (died May 24th, aged 74)
Singer-actor Samuel E. Wright died from prostate cancer at his home in Walden, New York, on May 24th. He was 74 years old.
Wright was as best known as the voice of Sebastian in Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, for which he provided the lead vocals to Under the Sea, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. He also played the role of Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s 1988 biographical film Bird as well as Mufasa in the original cast of The Lion King on Broadway. He was also the voice of Kron the Iguanodon in Disney’s 2000 CGI/live-action film Dinosaur.