Frankie Muniz is an American actor best known for his role as Malcolm in the television sitcom Malcolm In The Middle, from 2000-2006.
Frankie was born in Woodridge, New Jersey. At a young age he showed a talent for acting and soon had parts in several theatre productions including A Christmas Carol, The Sound Of Music, The Wizard Of Oz and Our Town.
He continued to act throughout his childhood years appearing on TV shows and movies.
It was not until age 13 when Frankie got the title role in Malcolm in the Middle that he shot to stardom. The first episode of Malcolm in the Middle aired in the US on the 9th January 2000, and was watched by 23 million people, followed by a massive 26 million viewers the next week.
In 2001, Frankie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category of best actor in a TV series.
He has done voice-over work on The Simpsons and played a baby bear cub in Doctor Dolittle 2. He has had major roles in the feature films My Dog Skip, What The Deaf Man Heard and Big Fat Liar.
In 2003, Muniz appeared on the first episode of the MTV series Punk'd, hosted by Ashton Kutcher. The cast drove Muniz's cherished 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster across the street, fooling him into believing it was stolen. Muniz was upset and unleashed a stream of profanity until it was finally revealed to be a gag.
Muniz's career in racing traces back to 2005, when he won the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race as a celebrity participant. While investigating the possibility of joining a racing team as an owner, Muniz was granted a test in a car and instead signed a two year deal with Jensen Motorsport as a driver.
He entered 14 races during the 2006 Formula BMW USA series and failed to finish in a points scoring position. Despite this, Muniz was selected as one of the thirty–six drivers to compete in the annual Formula BMW World Final.
The event, dominated by German Christian Vietoris, saw Muniz make a small impact, as he finished 29th.
For 2007, Muniz moved up to the more competitive Champ Car Atlantic Series where he competed in the entire season of 12 races. For the season, his best finish was ninth place and he officially earned a total of 41 points and $17,000 in prize money.
Even though he languished in the bottom half of the pack by avoiding breakdowns and accidents, he was able to log 351 season laps.
This was more race mileage than most other drivers except for the winners, indicating he has more endurance and consistency but less outright speed than other drivers of similar perfomance.