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Ernie Sabella

Ernie Sabella

Theatre and Broadway actor Ernie Sabella portrays Leo, the gruff manager of the Pinoni Vineyards in the comedy series ENCORE! ENCORE!, a Grub Street Production in association with Paramount Network Television for NBC-TV.

Sabella co-starred with Nathan Lane in the DreamWorks comedy feature film Mousehunt and with Kevin Kline in In and Out. Sabella also lent his voice to the character of Pumbaa in Disney's animated hit film The Lion King, working alongside Nathan Lane, who voiced the role of Timon. The two initially auditioned to play hyenas in the film but were so funny together, the directors decided to make them the hapless heroes, who team up with young lion cub Simba and offer their cockeyed guidance to the troubled feline.

Sabella has had guest-starring roles on many television series including Seinfeld, Mad About You and A Different World.

ENCORE! ENCORE! is a Grub Street Production in association with Paramount Network Television and is filmed before a studio audience at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. The Paramount Television Group is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Ernie Sabella Facts

BirthdaySeptember 19, 1949 (74)
BirthplaceWestchester, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
The Lion King
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride
The Lion Guard: Unleash The Power!
The Lion Guard: Life In The Pride Lands
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
The Lion King 1 1/2
Bakery in Brooklyn
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