Frankie Muniz got his big break and charmed the hearts of Americans everywhere when he starred on the sitcom “Malcolm In The Middle” from 2000-2006. Though he starred as the title character in the hit series, acting was not his true passion at the time.
In 2005, one year before the show ended, Frankie signed a two-year deal with Jensen Motorsport as a wheel race car driver. By the time the show ended, Frankie was living his dream of competing in major championships.
Just when Frankie was reaching the peak of his racing career, tragedy struck in the form of numerous health complications. He suffered a wrist injury in 2009 that forced him to cut his season short. Soon after that, Frankie was in a crash that left him with a broken back and severe injuries to his ribs and hands.
Then in 2012, when Frankie was only 26, he suffered a suffered a mini-stroke. This was followed by another one almost exactly a year later.
“I think we talk about my injuries every day because I have a creaky, old body. I’m 31 but feel like I have the creaky, old body of a 71-year-old,” Frankie said.
While competing on “Dancing With The Stars” last year, Frankie opened up about his health problems and made the heartbreaking revelation that he has lost a large chunk of his memories. The memories that he has lost include nearly all of the six years he spent starring on “Malcolm In The Middle.”
“It makes me a little sad. Things pop back into my mind I should have remembered, Frankie said. “Truth is, I don’t remember much [of Malcolm In The Middle], it almost feels like it wasn’t me.”
Since his car crash, Frankie has been having transient ischemic attacks, which occur when the body temporarily stops supplying blood to the brain. Sometimes these attacks happen multiple times a week, but other times they just happen once a year. Whenever Frankie is hit with one, it typically lasts 15 minutes, and it takes him days to recover.
“First, I lose my peripheral vision and I can see people but I can’t recognize them,” Frankie explained. “I can see words but I can’t tell what they say. Then I start going numb. It’s a gross feeling, but I know now when it’s going to come. I usually go lay down and wait.”
“I’ve gone to so many neurologists who have done every single test,” he added. “I have no answers as to why it happens. I got so tired of trying to find an answer that I don’t think I’ll search for an answer anymore. I’ve accepted it.”
His “Malcolm In The Middle” costar Bryan Cranston has been doing everything he can to support Frankie and help him remember the good times they had.
“They are still [his] experiences,” Bryan said. “It will me my job, I will tell him, ‘remember this? Remember that on Malcolm?’ What a life for you.”
Frankie also has the support of his longtime girlfriend, Paige Price, who keeps a daily diary for him just in case his short-term memory fails someday.
Please keep Frankie Muniz in your thoughts and prayers!