Sabella, Ernie 1949- (Ernest Sabella)

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Sabella, Ernie 1949- (Ernest Sabella)


Full name, Ernest Sabella; born September 19, 1949, in Westchester, NY; son of Lorraine Sabella (a singer; died in 1978); married Cheryl. Education: Attended University of Miami, early 1970s. Avocational Interests: Golf.


Agent—Gage Group, Inc., 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 515, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Contact— Arlene Thornton & Associates, 12711 Ventura Blvd., Suite 490, Studio City, GA 32767.


Actor. Appeared in television commercials for Vick's Nyquil cold medicine, in the 1990s, and for Dr. Pepper soft drinks, 1998.

Awards, Honors:

DVDX Award nomination (with Bob Baxter), best animated character, 2005, for The Lion King.


Stage Appearances:

(As Ernest Sabella) Larry, Broadway, Equity Library Theatre, New York City, 1973.

Lee, A Nestless Bird, New Dramatists Inc., New York City, 1974.

Tobias, Eames, and Watson, " … Twenty Years of Furniture, " New Dramatists Inc., 1974.

Second friar, Veil of Infamy, New Dramatists Inc., 1974.

Little Harp, The Robber Bridegroom, Theatre at St. Clement's Church, New York City, 1974.

Big Harp, The Robber Bridegroom, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1976.

The Robber Bridegroom, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1976, then Ford's Theatre Society, Washington, DC, 1978, later Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, 1979.

Grumio, The Taming of the Shrew, Equity Library Theatre, 1978.

Richard III, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1981.

Whitney Wilson, Little Johnny Jones, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Harry the horse, Guys and Dolls, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1992.

Niki Skolianos, Out of This World, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Marcus Lycus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Amos Hart, Chicago, Broadway production, 1998.

Sancho Panza, Man of La Mancha, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 2002-2003.

Herman, Sweet Charity, Al Hirschfield Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Sidney Bernstein, Curtains, Al Hirschfield Theatre, 2007.

Major Tours:

Amos Hart, Chicago, U.S. cities, 1998.

Film Appearances:

Ballistics expert, City Heat, Warner Bros., 1984.

Hotel clerk, Tough Guys, Buena Vista, 1986.

Dr. Harrison, Fright Night, Part II, New Century/Vista, 1988.

The mole, Going Under, 1990.

Faith, 1990.

Voice of Pumbaa, The Lion King (animated), 1994.

Car salesman, Quiz Show, 1994.

Stash, Roommates, 1995.

Voice of Pumbaa, Stand by Me (animated musical short), 1995.

Aldo Hooper, In and Out, Paramount, 1997.

Maury, Mouse Hunt, DreamWorks Distribution, 1997.

Voice of Pumbaa, Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventure: Live and Learn (animated; video), 1997.

Voice of Pumbaa, Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventures: Grub's On (animated; video), 1997.

Voice of Pumbaa, Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventure: Don't Get Mad, Get Happy (animated; video), 1997.

Voice of Pumbaa, Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventure: Hanging with Baby (animated; video), 1997.

Voice of Pumbaa, Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventure: True Guts (animated; video), 1998.

Voice of Pumbaa, Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventure: Quit Buggin' Me (animated; video), 1998.

Voice of Pumbaa, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (animated), Buena Vista Home Video, 1998.

Getaway driver, The Out-of-Towners, Paramount, 1999.

Voice of Pumbaa, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (animated; video), 2001.

Voice of Pumbaa, The Lion King 1 ½ (also known as The Lion King 3) (animated; video), 2004.

Voice of Pumbaa, Behind the Legend: Timon (animated; video), Walt Disney Home Video, 2004.

Also appeared in The Truman Show.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lou Donatelli, It's Your Move, NBC, 1984-85.

Donald "Twinkie" Twinkacetti, Perfect Strangers, ABC, 1986-87.

Vito Carteri, Roxie, CBS, 1987.

Leon Carosi, Saved by the Bell, 1991.

Voice of Pumbaa, Timon and Pumbaa (animated; also known as The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa), Disney Channel, 1995.

Leo, Encore! Encore! NBC, 1998.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Star in the Storeroom," Alice, 1978.

"Recreational Use," Cagney & Lacey, 1982.

Ed Halstead, "The Man Who Came Forever," Newhart, 1983.

Ed Halstead, "The Looks of Love," Newhart, 1983.

Franklin, "Vera the Horse Thief," Alice, 1983.

"View from the Bench," Newhart, 1983.

"The Stratford Wives," Newhart, 1983.

Pauli, "Moon over Uranus: The Final Legacy," Hill Street Blues, 1983.

Frank Edmunds, "Loss of Innocence," Knots Landing, 1983.

Frank Edmunds, "Finishing Touches," Knots Landing, 1984.

Husband, "All by Herself," The Facts of Life, 1984.

Cabbie, "A Killer's Dozen," Cagney & Lacey, 1984.

Ralph Pomeroy, "Showdown at Walla Walla," Domestic Life, 1984.

Elroy Kramer, "Parents Night," Punky Brewster, NBC, 1984.

"Vicky's Song," Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, 1984.

Stan, "Whodunit?" Cheers, CBS, 1985.

Pauli, "Queen for a Day," Hill Street Blues, 1985.

Santo Carbone, "Love Thy Neighbor," Cheers, CBS, 1985.

"What Are Friends For?" Hill Street Blues, 1985.

Clyde Whitney, Hardcastle and McCormick, ABC, 1985.

Ben, Different Strokes, ABC, 1985.

"Gender Gap," It's a Living, 1986.

Bo, "Parade Rest," Benson, ABC, 1986.

Talbot, The Last Precinct, NBC, 1986.

Mr. Pond, "Peggy Sue Got Work," MarriedWith Children, Fox, 1987.

Richard Dinsmore, "Monkey Business," She's the Sheriff, syndicated, 1987.

Pauli, "It Ain't Over Till It's Over," Hill Street Blues, 1987.

"Turning Point," Hunter, 1987.

Angelo, The Law and Harry McGraw, CBS, 1988.

Al Fresco, Sledge Hammer! ABC, 1988.

Mr. Palmer, Mr. Belvedere, ABC, 1988.

"Dismore's Wedding," She's the Sheriff, syndicated, 1988.

Manny, "Catch a Falling Star—May 21, 1979," Quantum Leap, ABC, 1989.

George Shipman, "The Thomas Crown Affair," A Fine Romance, CBS, 1989.

George Shipman, "A Horse Is a Horse, of Course, of Course," A Fine Romance, CBS, 1989.

George Shipman, "It's Just the Gypsy in My Soul," A Fine Romance, CBS, 1989.

Flipper, "Cub Scouts and Horses and Whiskers on Kittens, " Good Grief, 1990.

Ernie, "Men Don't Heal," Coach, ABC, 1990.

Tyrone, "The Big Bang Theory," Good Grief, 1991.

Mo, "The Last Temptation of Marlene," Babes, 1991.

Julian, "Small," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1991.

Phil, Major Dad, CBS, 1991.

A Different World, NBC, 1991.

Coach Meany, Davis Rules, ABC, 1991.

Naked man, "The Subway," Seinfeld, NBC, 1992.

Jack Kilty, "Die Laughing," Dangerous Curves, 1992.

Maurice, "'Til Death Do Us Part," Mad About You, 1994.

Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), 1997.

Harland Bassett, "Legacy," The Practice, ABC, 1999.

Mort Diamond, Malcolm and Eddie, UPN, 1999.

Lou Keppler, "The Good Doctor," Providence, 2000.

Lou Keppler, "Rescue Me," Providence, 2000.

Lou Keppler, "The Unsinkable Sydney Hansen," Providence, 2000.

Harland Bassett, "Brothers' Keepers," The Practice, ABC, 2000.

Voice of Pumbaa, "Find Out Why," One Saturday Morning (animated; also known as Disney's "One Saturday Morning"), ABC, 2000.

Gary Swirdlock, "Hook, Line and Sinker," Ed, NBC, 2001.

Harland Bassett, "Home of the Brave," The Practice, ABC, 2001.

Harland Bassett, "The Case of Harland Bassett," The Practice, ABC, 2001.

Voice of Pumbaa, a recurring role, House of Mouse (animated), ABC, 2001-2002.

Mr. Petrachelli, a recurring role, That's So Raven, Disney Channel, 2003-2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Overalls, I'm Home, Fox, 1990.

Guys and Dolls Off the Record, PBS, 1992.

Song performer, "Hakuna Matata" and "Circle of Life," The 67th Annual Academy Awards, 1995.

The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade, ABC, 1996.

A Magical Walt Disney World Christmas, Disney Channel, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sam Gropper, Copacabana, CBS, 1985.

Arnold Mayer, Just My Imagination, NBC, 1992.

Mr. Bundles, Annie, ABC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Patient, St. Elsewhere, 1982.

Vlastock Spoltechzep, 13 Thirteenth Avenue, CBS, 1983.

Harry Pike, 100 Centre Street, ABC, 1984.

George Shipman, A Fine Romance, 1989.

Pins and Needles, Fox, 1995.


Video Games:

Voice of Pumbaa, The Lion King, 1994.

Voice of Pumbaa, The Lion King: Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games (also known as Disney's "The Lion King": Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games), 1995.

Voice of Pumbaa, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Active Play (also known as Disney's "The Lion King II": Simba's Pride Active Play), 1998.

Voice of Pumbaa, Kingdom Hearts II (also known as Kingudamu hatsu II), Square Enix, 2005.