Matlin Winkler - MPSF Speaker Series
Award-winning actors, activists, and close personal friends, Marlee Matlin and Henry Winkler will kick off the holiday season with an intimate dialogue revealing their profound connection and individual journeys. Through humorous anecdotes, inspirational life lessons, and moving stories, Winkler and Matlin explore themes of overcoming adversity and believing in oneself.

Tues 11/28, Weds 11/29, Thurs 11/30, 2023 7:30 PT

Marlee Matlin & Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer and director. Currently, he co-stars as acting teacher Gene Cousineau on the HBO dark comedy Barry, alongside Bill Hader. The role garnered him an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy in September 2018. 

In 1973 Winkler was cast in the iconic role of Arthur Fonzarelli aka “The Fonz” in the TV series, Happy Days, for which he won two Golden Globe Awards, was nominated three times for an Emmy and was also honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recently, Winkler appeared in a number of well-loved TV series, as well as directed and co-producing others. 

Winkler is also a New York Times best-selling author and with his co-author, Lin Oliver, has written 34 children’s novels. He has received accolades from prestigious organizations, including B’nai B’rith, Peace Prize by the UN, and Women in Film’s Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award. He also received the Chevallier de l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres and the Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) from the Queen of England. 

Winkler and his wife reside in Los Angeles, and have three children and five grandchildren.



Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Children of a Lesser God for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress, and at 21 was the youngest recipient of this award. She also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. In 2022, her Apple TV+ film CODA swept every category it was nominated in at the 2022 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Although she lost her hearing when only 18 months old, Matlin never let her challenges dictate her future or deter her dreams. Along with her successful Hollywood career, she has dedicated herself to raising awareness for humanitarian causes including diversity and LGBT rights, advocating for children, and being a champion for those struggling against domestic abuse and addiction. 

She has raised awareness for better hearing health for millions of deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in developing countries. She developed “Marlee Signs”, the first celebrity- driven app teaching basics of American Sign Language on mobile devices, and has signed the National Anthem three times for the Super Bowl. 

Matlin has competed on Dancing with the Stars, starred in the Peabody Award-winning series, Switched at Birth, and was a series regular on theh ABC drama Quantico.