Ernie Sabella
Biographical Information
Born September 19th, 1949
Westchester, New York, United States
Productions The Robber Bridegroom as Big Harp (original Broadway cast)
Little Johnny Jones as Sing Song, Whitney Wilson
Guys and Dolls as Harry the Horse
The Lion King as Pumbaa
Out of This World as Niki Skolianos
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Marcus Lycus
Chicago as Amos Hart
Man of La Mancha as Sancho Panza
Sweet Charity as Herman Minksoff
The Lion King 1 1/2 as Pumbaa
The Lion Guard as Pumbaa
Recordings The Robber Bridegroom (original cast recording)
Guys and Dolls (1992 Revival cast)
The Lion King (film soundtrack)
Out of This World (1995 Broadway Cast)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996 Revival Cast)
Man of La Mancha (2002 Revival cast)
Sweet Charity (2005 Revival cast)
Vocal Type Baritone

Ernie Sabella is an American actor.


Born Ernest Sabella in Westchester, New York, he studied at the University of Miami, where he also performed at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. He made frequent appearances in stage musicals and appeared in such films as Quiz Show and In and Out.

Sabella's best known role came when he performed the voice of Pumbaa in The Lion King series. He made a number of television appearances on such shows as That's So Raven and The Practice, as well as making guest appearances on Quantum Leap and Blue Bloods.


A frequent performer on both stage and screen, Sabella appeared in the original cast of The Robber Bridegroom before singing a number of times in his role as Pumbaa in The Lion King series, most notably performing "Hakuna Matata" with Timon.

Sabella also appeared in a number of major musical revivals on Broadway, playing Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha and Herman Minksoff in Sweet Charity.


The Lion King (1994)Edit

  • Hakuna Matata (contains solo lines)
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight (duet)
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (contains solo lines)

Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)Edit

  • The Best Christmas of All (contains solo lines)

The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)Edit

  • Hakuna Matata (duet)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (duet)


The Lion Guard (2016)Edit

  • Don't Make a Stink! (contains solo lines)
  • Bunga the Wise (contains solo lines)
  • Otamu (contains solo lines)
  • Hakuna Matata (contains solo lines)


The Robber Bridegroom (1975)(originated the role)Edit

  • Once Upon the Natchez Trace (contains solo lines)
  • Two Heads (contains solo lines)

Little Johnny Jones (1980)Edit

Whitney WilsonEdit
  • Yankee Doodle Boy (reprise)(contains solo lines)
  • Finale

Guys and Dolls (1992)Edit

  • The Oldest Established
  • Luck be a Lady
  • Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat

Out of This World (1995)Edit

  • Climb Up the Mountain (contains solo lines)
  • Cherry Pies Ought to Be You (contains solo lines)
  • Use Your Imagination (Reprise)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996)Edit

  • Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (contains solo lines)
  • Comedy Tonight(reprise)(contains solo lines)

Chicago (1996)Edit

  • Mr. Cellophane (solo)

Man of La Mancha (2002)Edit

  • Man of La Mancha (duet)
  • I Really Like Him (solo)
  • Golden Helmet of Mambrino (contains solo lines)
  • Knight of the Woeful Countenance (contains solo lines)
  • A Little Gossip (solo)
  • Man of La Mancha (reprise)
  • Finale Ultimo: The Impossible Dream (reprise)

Sweet Charity (2005)Edit

  • I Love to Cry at Weddings (contains solo lines)

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