- His parents met in Havana after they fled their respective home countries following Adolf Hitler's rise to power.
- Played Eddie Haskell in the Leave It to Beaver pilot, but was replaced by Ken Osmond.
- Post-college, he taught high school in Los Angeles. He also worked as a stringer for Newsweek and covered the 1965 Watts Riots for the magazine.
- Member of Credibility Gap, a comedy group from the early '70s.
- Was cast on The Simpsons by series creator Matt Groening, a longtime fan of Shearer's work. Over the years, Shearer has voiced up to 22 characters an episode, including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner.
- Published his first novel, Not Enough Indians—a farcical take on Native American-owned casinos—in 2006.
- Hosts Le Show, a weekly comedy series on public radio.
- 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: Winner
- 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Nominee
- 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
- 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
- 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
- Mack Shearer — Father
- Dora Warren — Mother
- Penelope Joyce Nichols — Ex-wife
- Judith Owen — Wife
- University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States (BA in Political Science, 1964); attended Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
- Birth Name: Harry Julius Shearer
- Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
- Profession: Actor, Comedian, Director, Writer
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