Frankie Muniz has been in the public eye ever since he was a kid. In the late '90s, he appeared in TV movies and sitcoms before he became a teenager. Then, at age 14, he got the starring role in Malcolm In The Middle.
While working on Malcolm, Muniz also made the move to movies. In 2002, he starred in Big Fat Liar with Paul Giamatti and Amanda Bynes. He followed that up with the starring role in Agent Cody Banks and its sequel.
After racing, Muniz once again shifted focus and got into drumming. In 2012, he joined the band KINGSFOIL, who opened for artists such as Passion Pit and The Ting Tings. It would appear that Muniz has no trouble pursuing his wide array of interests.
Then this year, Muniz returned to TV by becoming a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, partnering with dancer Witney Carson. It was a chance for Muniz to show off yet another side of himself. From the outside, Muniz's life appears to be filled with many memorable moments.
During a DWTS episode from October, the show's theme was "The Most Memorable Year." And you would think Muniz would have many memorable years to choose from. However, he revealed in a video on the show that that's not actually the case.
In the video, Muniz said he doesn't have fond memories of his days on Malcolm In The Middle. Or many other memories of anything at all, for that matter. He doesn't remember being on the show due to severe, unexplained memory loss.
"I've gotten to really do anything I've wanted to do," he said. "But the truth is I don't really remember much of that." He added that, "There's no negative feelings. I just don't necessarily remember."
"Over the past 10 years, my mom will bring up things like trips we went on or big events and they are new stories to me,” Muniz said in an interview with People. “I don’t know what the cause of it is. It’s not something I looked into, I just thought it was how my brain is — so I thought it was normal. I didn’t know I should remember going to the Emmys when I was younger.”
How did it happen? Well, Muniz said he's suffered nine different concussions in his life. He's also suffered 15 "mini-strokes," or transient ischemic attacks. These mini-strokes are not supposed to have any lasting affect, but he doesn't know if these are connected to his memory loss.
Muniz also told TMZthat he recently re-watched all of Malcolm In The Middle, which was like watching it for the first time because he didn't remember it. He also said he's never taken drugs or drank alcohol, so that can't be the cause of his memory loss.
Muniz said he never thought to get a medical opinion on his lack of memories. "I’ve never been to the doctor and been like, you know, ‘Why don’t I have a memory?’ ” he said. “To be honest, I’ve never really talked about it."
“I told him not to worry about what you remember and what you don’t remember,” commented his old co-star Bryan Cranston. “They’re still your experiences. That will be my job. I will tell him, ‘Remember this? Remember that from Malcolm? What a life for you!’ ”
Frankie In Action
“My most memorable year is 2017, because I learned to live in the present,” said Muniz. “I’m happy with my acting career, I’m happy with the decision I made to drive race cars and to focus on music. Even if I don’t remember it all, I’m happy.” Watch the video above the see Muniz talk about his memory loss (and to see him do a quickstep with Whitney Carson).