Graduated from Santa Clara (CA) University, where he majored in communications and played varsity baseball.
His uncle, Stephen Wilson, is a teacher at Watertown High School in Watertown, MA..
Was a Weakest Link (2001) contestant and was voted off.
He is the son of Marilyn Wilson and Franklin Sherrod Moore. His father is African-American and his mother is of half Irish and half French-Canadian descent.
His mother, a math teacher, moved the family to Denmark when he was six months old for about three years. After that they lived in Bahrain until Shemar was about six years old, where he attended a British private school.
Attended Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA, graduating in 1988.
Presented Susan Lucci with her very first (and so far only) Daytime Emmy award for her 19th nomination. After reading the card and before announcing her name, he shouted, "The streak is over!".
Once revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) that, in high school, he and his friends referred to his curly long hair in the back as "Curls for the Girls!".
Before he hosted Soul Train (1971), he used to watch it as a one-yea-old boy, , when it was hosted by Don Cornelius.
Credits Jeanne Cooper as his favorite acting mentor and Don Cornelius as his favorite television mentor.
Has two dogs: Shug and Moe.