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Samuel Ernest Wright was an American actor, voice actor, and singer, best known for voicing Sebastian in the 1989 Disney animated feature film The Little Mermaid and has reprised the role in various Disney projects; until his retirement in 2008. He also voiced Kron in the 2000 Disney animated film Dinosaur. Additionally, he performed "Animal Calypso" in the Mickey's Fun Songs video Let's Go to the Circus!.

Wright was nominated for two Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, including his role as Mufasa in The Lion King.

He reprised his role again as Sebastian in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, which was his last role before his retirement.

Wright died in his sleep at his home in Walden, New York on May 24, 2021 due to prostate cancer.

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  • He was considered for the role of Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. However, Liam Neeson was cast at the end.[1]

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