Marlee Matlin

Actor, Producer
When Marlee Matlin won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film "Children of a Lesser God" (1986), she was the then youngest ever recipient of the award and only one of four actresses to receive it for her film ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1965 in Morton Grove, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (89)

2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Herself

Some Kind Of Beautiful 2015 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

Switched at Birth 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glee 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

Hero Dog Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Silent Knights 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Excision 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Apprentice 1991 - 1996, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Gideon's Crossing 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1991 - 1997, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Practice 1991 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2006, 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance 1991 - 1995, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The L Word 1991 - 1995, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Name is Earl 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: New York 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

What the Bleep?! - Down the Rabbit Hole 2006 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'm With Her 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

What the Bleep Do We Know? 2004 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

The Division 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Where the Truth Lies 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elizabeth Glaser: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

When Justice Fails 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Weddings InStyle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Vicki Lawrence Show 1995 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Shades of Blue 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

All-Star Moms 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

It Just Takes One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

Daphne Stark (Actor)

People in Motion 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Adventures in Wonderland 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Reasonable Doubts 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hear No Evil 1993 (Movie)

Jillian Shananhan (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Creative Spirit 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Linguini Incident 1992 (Movie)

Jeanette (Actor)

The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

L' Homme au masque d'or 1991 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Robert Wuhl's World Tour 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Walker 1987 (Movie)

Ellen Martin (Actor)

Children of A Lesser God 1986 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Bridge to Silence (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Silence (TV Show)

Actor

Freak City (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss My Act (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Nothing in My Ear (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

When Marlee Matlin won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film "Children of a Lesser God" (1986), she was the then youngest ever recipient of the award and only one of four actresses to receive it for her film debut. Those facts would be impressive enough on their own, but Matlin was not only an actress; she was also a deaf actress. It was not Matlin's fault that the rest of her career was something of an anti-climax after such a dynamic debut. Nevertheless, Matlin carved out a solid career in films and on television, often winning roles based on her talent alone and forcing producers to alter the role to accommodate her deafness. Her uniqueness made her not only a magnetic screen presence, but an inspiration to anyone struggling with a seemingly insurmountable handicap who still manages to follow their dreams.

Relationships

Libby Matlin

Mother

Eric Matlin

Brother

Marc Matlin

Brother

Richard Dean Anderson Actor

Companion
Dated in 1987

Kevin Grandalski

Husband
Born c. 1965 married August 29, 1993

Isabelle Grandalski

Daughter
Born December 26, 2003 father, Kevin Grandalski

Sarah Grandalski

Daughter
Born January 19, 1996 father, Kevin Grandalski

Brandon Grandalski

Son
Born September 12, 2000 father, Kevin Grandalski

Tyler Grandalski

Son
Born July 18, 2002 father, Kevin Grandalski

William Hurt Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring in "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) Lived together for two years No longer together

David Kelley

Companion
Executive producer of "Picket Fences" (CBS) on which Matlin had a recurring role (1993-96)

Donald Matlin

Father

EDUCATION

John Hersey High School

Arlington Heights, Illinois
Public school with an education program for the deaf

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, Illinois

Milestones

2011

Joined the cast of the fourth season of "Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC)

2008

Joined the ABC reality series, "Dancing with the Stars" as a contestant

2007

Joined the fourth season of Showtime's Lesbian themed drama, "The L Word" as fiery artist Jodi Lerner, the new love interest of Bette (Jennifer Beals)

2006

Reprised her role for the final episodes of the NBC White House drama, "The West Wing"

2004

Guest-starred on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as Doctor Amy Solway; earned an Emmy nomination

2002

Published her first novel <i>Deaf Child Crossing</i>, which was loosely based on her own childhood

2000

Earned plaudits for playing a deaf woman on trial in ABC's "The Practice"; scripted by David E Kelley

2000

Had a recurring role as a feisty campaign manager on the NBC political drama "The West Wing"

1999

Producing debut, the Lifetime TV-movie "90 Days at Hollyridge"

1999

Reteamed with Eric Roberts in "Two Shades of Blue"

1997

Starred in the HBO movie, "Dead Silence"

1996

Hosted PBS' "People in Motion" a look at how technology is reshaping the lives of people with disabilities

1996

Played Eric Roberts' sister in Randal Kleiser's "It's My Party"

1994

Had recurring role as Laurie Bay on David E Kelley's "Picket Fences" (CBS); received Emmy nomination

1994

Earned praise for her performance in Lifetime's "Against Her Will: The Story of Carrie Buck"; based-on-fact tale of a mentally-impaired woman who fought against her sterilization in the 1920s

1993

Played Jerry's girlfriend Laura in two episodes of "Seinfeld" (NBC); nominated for an Emmy

1993

Performed the national anthem in American Sign Language with country music star Garth Brooks at Super Bowl XXVII; also appeared in Brooks' video "We Shall Be Free"

1993

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1993

Played a terrorized deaf woman in the thriller, "Hear No Evil"

1992

Appeared as herself in Robert Altman's "The Player"

1992

Portrayed April Hare in episodes of the Disney Channel's "Adventures in Wonderland"

1991

Played assistant prosecutor Tess Kaufman on TV series, "Reasonable Doubts" (NBC)

1989

TV movie debut and first speaking role in "Bridge to Silence" (CBS)

1986

Feature film debut, the leading role of Sarah in "Children of a Lesser God"

1973

At age eight, performed with Children's Theater of the Deaf in Des Plains, IL

Played a supporting role in a Chicago stage production of Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God"

Acted in community theater

Became deaf from a bout of roseola when she was 18 months old

Bonus Trivia

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According to TV Guide (March 24-30, 2008) Marlee Matlin respects close friend Henry "the Fonz" Winkler’s opinion so much, she consults with him first before taking on any role. He also hosted her 1993 wedding to L.A. police detective Kevin Grandalski.

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Among Matlin's other awards are a Jefferson Award for greatest public service performd by an individual thirty-five years or younger, a Media Award from the Deafness Research Foundation and a Woman of Achievement Award from the Women's Group/Friends of Tel Hashomer.

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Matlin has received honorary PhDs from Marymount Manhattan College, Emerson College and Gallaudet University.

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Matlin lost all hearing in her right ear, and 80% of hearing in her left ear at the age of eighteen months.

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Publicly spoke for the first time at the 1988 Academy Awards teelcast when she announced Michael Douglas as the winner of the Best Actor Oscar.

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Inducted into Governor's Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities, California Department of Rehabilitation.

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