Ernie Sabella (born September 19, 1949) has been an actor on Broadway, television and film since the late 1970s.
Born in Westchester, New York, his stage credits include The Robber Bridegroom (1978), Little Johnny Jones (1982), Guys and Dolls (1992), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996), Chicago (1996), Man of La Mancha (2002), and Sweet Charity (2005).
Film credits include Quiz Show (1994) as the Car Salesman, In & Out (1997) as Aldo Hooper, Disney's The Lion King (1994) and multiple sequels and spin-offs as Pumbaa. He also worked again with Nathan Lane, who had voiced Timon, in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Sabella portrayed Marcus Lycus; Lane played Pseudolus.
On television, he had a memorable 5-episode stint on Saved by the Bell as "Leon Carosi," an uptight resort manager who employed the main cast's characters. King of Queens star Leah Remini was featured as his daughter.
He is a graduate of the University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts where he performed at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre.
In 2007 Ernie is starring in That's So Raven: The Movie as the lazy teacher Mr. Petrachelli