Shawn is close to his "Family Matters" co-stars. Kellie Williams, who plays Laura, is his closest friend.
Before sixth grade, he had been hired in seven national commercials, including ones for "Burger King" and "Fruity Pebbles" cereal.
After he enrolled in a children's workshop, he landed a role as Steve Martin's youngest sibling in the 1979 movie "The Jerk."
Even before he attended elementary school, Shawn, at age 4, told his mother, a computer engineer, that he wanted to be an actor.
He worked on "Family Matters" five days a week and had to do his classes at night
Harrison finished two years at Los Angeles Harbor and Cerritos colleges.
The most frequently asked question of Shawn may be, "Are you as stupid as Waldo?" and obviously the answer is no.
Producers of ABC's hit sitcom "Family Matters" introduced actor Shawn Harrison's endearingly dim Waldo in the series' second season, and he's been in demand ever since.
He is a talented tap dancer.
Shawn Harrison: I'm really interested in producing. I want to produce a show about blacks where we show that the diversity, the black experience, is very universal, kind of like what they do on "Family Matters." It's about characters and family, not color.
Shawn Harrison: An educated, intelligent actor is going to be more successful than one without schooling.
Shawn Harrison: Well, there are three people you tune into the show ("Family Matters") to laugh at: Urkel, the dad (Reginald VelJohnson) and Waldo.
Shawn Harrison: (referring to his dead mother) We were both so happy about my getting the part. . . . Her heart just stopped.
Shawn Harrison: Waldo thinks only in the moment. He has no memory of what happened 10 minutes before. But he's not stupid; he's pretty complex. He just doesn't grasp concepts in a conventional way.
Shawn Harrison: Since Larenz wasn't coming back (talking about an episode of "Family Matters"), they changed Waldo to Eddie's best friend.