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Deadline Hollywood reports:

Samuel E. Wright, whose vocal portrayal of Sebastian the crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid included the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea,” died yesterday at his home in the village of Walden, New York, of prostate cancer. He was 74.

Wright has an extensive roster of Broadway credits, beginning with his multiple roles (apostle, leper, reporter) in the original 1971 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. In 1974 he replaced Ben Vereen as the Leading Player in the hit musical Pippin.

In 1997, Wright originated the role of Mufasa in the Broadway production of The Lion King, earning his second Tony nomination.

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