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.
1978, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
1980, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
2014, Emmy — Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: Winner