Samuel E. Wright


November 20, 1946 (Camden, South Carolina, United States)



Samuel E. Wright (born November 20, 1946) is an American film and theater actor and singer who is best known as the voice of Sebastian in Disney's The Little Mermaid, for which he provided the main vocals to "Under the Sea", which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Wright also played the part of Mufasa in the original cast of The Lion King on Broadway. Another accomplishment of his was voicing Kron the Iguanodon in Disney's CGI film Dinosaur.


Wright was nominated for a Tony Award in 1984 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in The Tap Dance Kid, and again in 1998 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical as the original lead actor for Mufasa in The Lion King, the Broadway version of Disney's animated classic of the same name. Wright played Enos' partner Turk in the TV series Enos. Wright originated the part of "Sam" in Over Here! on Broadway. Wright also played the part of Jericho on the short lived Fox TV show Jonny Zero.



Year Film Character
1989 The Little Mermaid Sebastian
2000 Dinosaur Kron the Iguanodon
2000 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Sebastian
2008 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Sebastian


Year TV Show Character
1980-1981 Enos Officer Turk Adams
1992-1994 The Little Mermaid: The Series Sebastian
1992 Raw Toonage Sebastian
1993 Marsuilami Sebastian
2001-2003 House of Mouse Sebastian


Wright has performed and recorded several songs for the Walt Disney Animated film, The Little Mermaid, as Sebastian the Crab. He is most known for the songs, "Under the Sea", and "Kiss the Girl".

Wright released a soul music record in 1973, "There's Something Funny Going On" b/w "Three Hundred Pounds of Hungry" on the Paramount label.