Scheerer was born in Santa Barbara, California, in the United States.
Scheerer's most notable work includes directing Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. He has received three Emmy Award nominations for directing Fame. He received an Emmy Award for Best Director in 1964 for The Danny Kaye Show. He made his Broadway debut in the musical Lend an Ear in 1948, appearing with Carol Channing, Gene Nelson, and won a Theatre World Award for his performance for outstanding debut. He also appeared as a dancer in the 1943 film Mister Big and many other films with the tap group "The Jivin' Jacks and Jills". Scheerer directed the 1980 crime-comedy film How to Beat the High Cost of Living, which starred Jessica Lange, Jane Curtin and Susan Saint James.
Scheerer died in Valley Village, California.
- Jerry Roberts (June 5, 2009). "Robert Scheerer". Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow Press. p. 520. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
- Clement, Olivia (March 12, 2018). "Director Robert Scheerer, Known for TV Musical Specials, Dies at Age 89". Playbill. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
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