Disney animated movies have featured tons of characters that were brought to life by incredible voice acting talent. It’s impossible to see Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid without hearing Samuel E Wright’s voice in your head. Sadly, he has passed away.
Wright’s hometown of Montgomery, New York first reported that Wright passed away at 74-years-old. They did this thought a Facebook post. He was known by millions as Sebastian the crab, a voice he reprised on many occasions for the company.
Today, the Town of Montgomery mourns the loss of Sam Wright. Pictured here with Town Supervisor Brian Maher and his brother Patrick in Walden in the early 1990’s. Sam was an inspiration to us all and along with his family established the Hudson Valley Conservatory. Sam and his family have impacted countless Hudson Valley youth always inspiring them to reach higher and dig deeper to become the best version of themselves. On top of his passion for the arts and his love for his family, Sam was most known for walking into a room and simply providing PURE JOY to those he interacted with. He loved to entertain, he loved to make people smile and laugh and he loved to love. The greater Town of Montgomery Community mourns together today. As we say goodbye to a pillar in our community and ask everyone to share a memory and help us celebrate the life of this great man.
Wright even had a concert special on Disney Channel. He performed all of Sebastian’s songs and some other choice tracks. He will be remembered by many for his contribution to the childhoods of so many.
No cause of death was noted in the news of his passing. Our thoughts are with Samuel E Wright’s family and friends during this sad time.