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Remembering Camden native Samuel E. Wright

Wright, a Camden native, died Monday night at his home in Walden, New York.
Wright, a Camden native, died Monday night at his home in Walden, New York.(Palmetto Weekend)
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 8:45 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Actor Samuel E. Wright, known as the voice of Sebastian the crab in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” has died at age 74.

Wright, a Camden, South Carolina native, died Monday night at his home in Walden, New York after a three-year battle with prostate cancer.

In 1989, Wright provided the voice of Ariel’s trusty sidekick, Sebastian, in “The Little Mermaid.”

Wright sang the Oscar-winning song “Under the Sea.”

On top of his movie credits, Wright was in the original Broadway cast of “The Lion King.” He played Mufasa.

The Great White Way honored him for his theater contributions with a marquee sign.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wright’s voice would also be used in the role for various video games, as well.

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