Wright’s role as a consultant to the Jamaican crab and King Triton in the 1989 film, marked the high point of his long career in cinema, television and theater.
“He loved to entertain, he loved to make people smile and laugh and he loved to be loved.”
Wright’s vocals embellish one of Disney’s most loved musical numbers, “Under the Sea”, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and also earned a Grammy.
The actor starred in the TV series adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” and played another voice role in the 2000 adventure film “Dinosaur”.
He played the role of jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie in Clint Eastwood’s “Bird”, a biographical film about saxophonist Charlie Parker, and also starred as Mufasa in the musical “The Lion King” on Broadway.
But Wright’s greatest influence was felt in his hometown, where he and his family members established the region’s first performing arts school, the Hudson Valley Conservatory.
A post on the city’s Facebook page stated, “The big city of the Montgomery community today mourns together. As we say goodbye to a pillar in our community and ask all to share a memory and the life of this great man Calls to help us celebrate. “