While starring in Hawaii, Sharif appeared in 5 The More You Know public service announcements for NBC. His topics were violence prevention, internet safety, prejudice, drinking while driving, and bullying.
Sharif worked as a waiter and as a Victoria's Secret stock boy.
His mother, Jaqueline, is a museum executive.
His father, David, is a lawyer.
Sharif graduated from Chicago's Whitney Young High School.
Although born in Pittsburgh, Atkins was raised in Chicago.