- Samuel E. Wright is an actor and a sporadic singer.
- He rendered the lead vocal to the Award-Winning single ‘Under the Sea.’
- The actor grabbed attention after his work in ‘The Little Mermaid’.
- Wright is a proud father to three children with his wife Amanda Wright.
Samuel E. Wright Early Life
Samuel E. Wright was born on 20th November 1946 to American parents. He spent the majority of his childhood in his hometown, Camden.
As far as his ethnicity is concerned, Wright is mixed and belongs to American nationality.
Samuel E. Wright initiated his acting career playing the role of C.B. Travis in Ball Four in 1976. He appeared as a Turk Adams in the CBS action-comedy Enos for a year from 1980-81. From 2001-2002, the actor provided the voice in Disney’s House of Mouse.
He made his silver-screen debut, portraying Dizzy Gillespie in a 1988 biographical film Bird, followed by Me and Him in the same year. His last on-screen project is The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning.
Besides acting, Samuel is a singer and also voiced several songs such as Iko Iko, Give a Little Love, Hot, Hot, Hot, The Morning Report, and more.
Skyrocketed To Fame After Performing ‘Under the Sea’ in ‘The Little Mermaid’
Samuel E. Wright became the international star after providing the lead vocals to Under the Sea in the acclaimed musical romantic film The Little Mermaid (1089).
Composed by Alan Menken, Under the Sea received both Academy and Grammy Awards under the category Best Song Written for Visual Media in 1991. Similarly, the Disney animated feature film, The Little Mermaid also became a huge hit, garnering critical acclaim for the animation, music, and plot. It was a major success commercially too racking up over $233 million at the box office against the $40 million budget.
Moreover, Wright voiced Sebastian in its sequel The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 2000. From 1992-94, he was a voice actor in the American animated TV series The Little Mermaid.
The remake The Little Mermaid is also scheduled to premiere in 2020. It is based on Hans Cristian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale. The main characters of the movie are Megan Fox and Keith Powers.
Prior to his voice in Under The Sea, Samuel also rendered the voice to another hit single called Kiss the Girl.
Awards and Accolades
Samuel E. Wright has been nominated for twice Tony Awards. He got his first Tony Award nomination for his role in The Tap Dance Kid. His portrayal of Mufasa in The Lion King brought him the second nomination.
Samuel E. Wright Wife And Children
Samuel E. Wright is a married man who has been leading a healthy married life with his wife Amanda Wright for years now. Neither Samuel nor his spouse Amanda revealed when they first came across and tied the knot.
The couple has three grown children named Keely, Dee, and Sam. The family of five currently resides in Walden, New York.
What Is Samuel E. Wright Net Worth?
The exact amount of his net worth is yet to be revealed, but as per guesstimation made by various online sources, it is around $1 million as of 2020.