Frankie Muniz

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Frankie Muniz
Frankiemuniz.jpg
Muniz in 2007
Born Francisco Muñiz IV
(1985-12-05) December 5, 1985 (age 29)
Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, musician, racing driver
Years active 1997–present
Notable work Malcolm in the Middle
Parent(s) Francisco Muñiz III
Denise Muñiz
Musical career
Genres Indie rock
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Kingsfoil
Atlantic Championship
Years active 20072009
Teams Jensen MotorSport, Pacific Coast Motorsports, Team Stargate Worlds
Starts 32
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 9th in 2009
Championship titles
2005 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Celebrity Winner

Francisco "Frankie" Muñiz IV (born December 5, 1985)[1] is an American actor, musician, writer, producer, and racing driver. He is known primarily as the star of the FOX television family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe Award nominations.

In 2003, he was considered "one of Hollywood's most bankable teens."[2] In 2008, he put his acting career on hold to pursue an open wheel racing career. He competed in the Atlantic Championship. In 2012, he joined the band Kingsfoil as a drummer; however, he left the band in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Muniz was born and grew up in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey.[3][4] His father, Francisco III, was a restaurateur, and his mother, Denise, was a nurse.[5][6] His father is Puerto Rican and his mother is of Italian and Irish descent.[7] He has an elder sister, Cristina.[7] Muniz was first discovered at the age of eight, at a talent show in Raleigh, North Carolina, shortly after the family moved to the area from New Jersey. He was cast as Tiny Tim in a local production of A Christmas Carol. Shortly after, his parents divorced, and he subsequently moved to Burbank, California, with his mother. He appeared in commercials and made his film debut in the made-for-television movie To Dance With Olivia (1997), starring Lou Gossett Jr. In that same year, he appeared in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of What the Deaf Man Heard. A small role in the film Lost & Found (1999) led to his breakout role as the title character on Malcolm in the Middle.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Fox premiered Linwood Boomer's Malcolm in the Middle, starring Muniz, on January 9, 2000, as a mid-season replacement, and the show was quickly overcome with accolades. The premiere episode was watched by 23 million people[8] and the second episode by 26 million.[9] He was nominated for the Emmy Awards[10] in 2001,[11] and received the Hollywood Reporter "Young Star Award" for his work in the series.

Throughout his television career, Muniz made guest appearances on the shows Lizzie McGuire; Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; and MADtv. His first starring role in a feature film was as Willie Morris in the 2000 family period piece My Dog Skip, which was released at the same approximate time as the pilot for Malcolm in the Middle. That same year, he provided the character voice of Domino in the 2000 video game 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue, and was featured on the video game Stargate Worlds.

The following year, he contributed a character voice to the animal cast of the film Dr. Dolittle 2. He had a hit with the 2002 release Big Fat Liar, which teamed him with teen actress Amanda Bynes as a pair of students seeking revenge on a sleazy movie producer (played by Paul Giamatti). Muniz was also part of the ensemble for the gang film Deuces Wild, released that same year. In 2003, he made a cameo appearance as Cher's underage boyfriend in Stuck on You. That same year, he appeared in the series premiere of Ashton Kutcher's MTV practical joke series Punk'd.
Muniz subsequently played the title role in the film Agent Cody Banks as well as its sequel, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London. The first film opened in March 2003, and grossed $47 million; the sequel, which opened a year later, grossed $28 million.[12] He trained in martial arts for the films, and performed most of his own stunts. He also commented that it was the point in his career where he should "make the transition from child actor to an adult actor or a respectable actor."[13]

Muniz provided the character voice of a zebra named Stripes, who wishes to become a racing equine, in the 2005 film Racing Stripes. That same year, he made a guest appearance as himself in "Mr. F," an episode of the Fox comedy Arrested Development. In April 2006, he began filming My Sexiest Year, an independent film in which Harvey Keitel played his father.[14] He announced, during that same month, that he would be taking a break from acting, in order to pursue a career in race car driving, under a full-time two-year deal with Jensen Motorsport in the Formula BMW competition.[15][16]

Malcolm in the Middle finished its run on May 14, 2006. Ten days later, on May 24, Muniz appeared in the horror movie Stay Alive. He expressed a desire to leave traditional Hollywood film roles behind, saying:

Growing up has never scared me until last year. I started thinking about getting older, being an adult, and it scared me. Hopefully things will work out in my career. If they don't, then it was never meant to be.[17]

Despite his earlier stated intention to take a break from acting, in May 2006, he signed on to star in the R-rated teen-sex comedy Extreme Movie.[18] The film was originally planned to be released in 2007 by Dimension Films,[19] but was ultimately released straight to DVD in February 2009.

In late 2007, he made a guest appearance in an episode of the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. In December 2007, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, playing Buddy Holly. In 2008, he began work on a film with former Missy Elliott protégée Brianna Perry, but the project was never released.[20]

In 2012, he made a cameo appearance as himself in the second season of the comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.

Writing and producing[edit]

Muniz started writing in 2004, when he wrote the screenplay of the TV show Granted. To date, that is his only screenplay. In 2004, he was the executive producer of Granted. In 2006, he was also executive producer for the movie Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman. A year later (2007), he became an associate producer of the film Choose Connor.

Racing[edit]

Muniz at the 2011 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

Muniz's career in car racing traces back to 2004, when he ran the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach as a celebrity participant, finishing 7th.[21] The following year, he finished third,[22] and was the best-finishing celebrity after capitalizing on Ingo Rademacher and Aaron Peirsol's contact on the final lap.[23] While investigating the possibility of joining a racing team as an owner, he was granted a test in a car, and instead signed a two-year deal with Jensen Motorsport as a driver. Muniz entered fourteen races during the 2006 Formula BMW USA season, and failed to finish in a point-scoring position.[citation needed] He was selected as one of the thirty–six drivers to compete in the annual Formula BMW World Final at Valencia. Muniz finished 29th.[24][25] In April, he again competed in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity, finishing 11th after starting 19th.[26]

In 2007, Muniz moved up to the more competitive Champ Car Atlantic Series,[27] where he competed in the entire season of 12 races. For the season, his best race finish was ninth place, and he officially earned a total of 41 points (for 22nd place) and $17,000 in prize money, logging 351 laps.[28] In January 2007, he placed second at the Sebring Winter National race.[29] He signed with Atlantic Championship-winning team Pacific Coast Motorsports in January 2008, with a goal to consistently compete in the top ten of the points championship. He finished the 2008 season in eleventh place. At the end of the 2008 season, he won the Jovy Marcelo Award, an award for sportsmanship voted on by fellow drivers named in memory of the 1991 Atlantic Championship winner who was killed during practice for the 1992 Indianapolis 500. In 2009, Muniz joined Team Stargate Worlds, and finished in the top ten in every race he contested, with a best finish of fourth at Miller Motorsports Park. However, prior to the penultimate race at Road America, his season was shortened by wrist surgery.[30]

In 2011, Muniz returned to the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race; after starting 15th, he finished 4th.[31]

Music[edit]

Muniz joined the unsigned band "You Hang Up" as a drummer. He said, "This is something I have always wanted in my life, and I'm thrilled to be associated with such a great group of guys!"[32]

In 2012, Muniz joined Kingsfoil, a band based in York, Pennsylvania, and endorsed SJC Drums and Imperial Cymbals.[33] In 2014 he had to leave the band because of scheduling problems.

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Muniz began dating Elycia Marie, owner of clothing line Arcadia Vintage.[34] On October 22, 2011, he announced via Twitter that they were engaged.[35] The date of their wedding is unknown as of January 2015.[36] They live in Scottsdale, Arizona.[34]

Muniz is an avid supporter of the Arizona Cardinals.[37][38][39]

On November 30, 2012, Muniz was hospitalized after having a "mini stroke", also described as a transient ischemic attack, and spoke about the experience on Katie.[40][41] He suffered a second attack a year later, in November 2013.[42]

Muniz criticized the Obama administration for hiring Susan Rice as National Security Advisor in early June 2013.[43][44]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 To Dance with Olivia Oscar TV movie
1997 What the Deaf Man Heard Young Sammy TV movie
1998 Spin City Derek Evans Episode: "Three Men and a Little Lady"
Episode: "The Kidney's All Right"
1999 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Angelo Episode: "Sabrina the Matchmaker"
1999 Lost & Found Movie on TV 'Boy'
1999 Little Man Ross Short film
2000 My Dog Skip Willie Morris Main role
2000 2000's Kid's Choice Awards Host/Himself
2000 Miracle in Lane 2 Justin Yoder TV movie
2000–2006 Malcolm in the Middle Malcolm Main role
150 episodes
2001 Andy Dick Show, TheThe Andy Dick Show Young Andy Dick Episode: "Kid Krist"
2001 The Simpsons Thelonious (voice) Episode: "Trilogy of Error"
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Boy Bear Cub (voice)
2001–2003 Fairly OddParents, TheThe Fairly OddParents Chester McBadbat (voice) 24 episodes
2002 Moville Mysteries Mosley 'Mo' Moville TV series
2002 Lizzie McGuire Himself/Frankie Muniz Episode: "Lizzie in the Middle"
2002 Big Fat Liar Jason Shepherd Main role
2002 Titus Nick Galenti Episode: "Too Damn Good"
2002 Nightmare Room, TheThe Nightmare Room Mike Episode: "Camp Nowhere: Part 2"
2002 Deuces Wild Scooch
2002 Fillmore! Willie / Augie / Tony (voice) Episode: "Test of the Tested"
Episode: "A Wurm in Our Midst"
2002 Moville Mysteries Mosley "Mo" Moville TV series
2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog Himself/Frankie Muniz Episode: "Little Big Pup/Getting to Know You"
2003 Agent Cody Banks Cody Banks Main role
2003 Stuck on You Cher's Boyfriend
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Cody Banks Main role
2005 Racing Stripes Stripes (voice) Main role
2005 Arrested Development Himself/Frankie Muniz Episode: "Mr. F"
2006 Stay Alive Swink Sylvania
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director Himself/Frankie Muniz
2006 Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman Benjamin North (voice) Video
2006 Fabulous Life Presents: Really Rich Real Estate, TheThe Fabulous Life Presents: Really Rich Real Estate Episode: "1.1"
2007 My Sexiest Year Jake Stein
2007 Criminal Minds Jonny McHale Episode: "True Night"
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Buddy Holly
Extreme Movie Chuck
2010 Legend of Secret Pass, TheThe Legend of Secret Pass Manu (voice)
2011 Pizza Man Matt Burns / Pizza Man
2012 Last Man Standing Richard Episode: "Baxter & Sons"
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Himself/Frankie Muniz Episode: "A Reunion..."
2013 Blast Vegas[45] Nelson Main role
2015 Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink 2[46] Deputy Allister Jenkins Sequel to Western Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink
2015 Road To Capri Daniel Post production
2015 The Mysteries of Laura Himself/Frankie Muniz Episode: "The Mystery of the Crooked Clubber"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
Year Result Award Category Nominated work
1998 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series: Young Actor Age Ten or Under What the Deaf Man Heard
Nominated YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie
2000 Won Giffoni Film Festival Best Actor My Dog Skip
Nominated Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Youth in Film
Nominated YoungStar Awards Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama
Won Best Young Actor/Performance in a Comedy TV Series Malcolm in the Middle
Won Best Young Ensemble Cast: Television
Nominated Teen Choice Awards TV: Choice Actor
Nominated Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy
2001 Won Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a Feature Film My Dog Skip
Nominated Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama): Leading Young Actor Miracle in Lane 2
Nominated Best Ensemble in a TV Series Malcolm in the Middle
Won Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actor
Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical
Won Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Series: Comedy or Musical
Nominated Teen Choice Awards TV: Choice Actor
Nominated TV Guide Awards Breakout Star of the Year
2002 Nominated Teen Choice Awards Film: Choice Chemistry Big Fat Liar
Nominated Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy Malcolm in the Middle
Nominated Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actor'
Won Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actor
Nominated Best Ensemble in a TV Series: (Comedy or Drama)
2003 Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Agent Cody Banks
Nominated Choice TV Actor: Comedy Malcolm in the Middle
Won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actor
Won Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a TV Series: (Comedy or Drama)
Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actor
2004 Nominated Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Best Performance by a Younger Actor Agent Cody Banks
Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actor
Won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actor Malcolm in the Middle
Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy
2005 Nominated Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actor Malcolm in the Middle
Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2007 Jensen MotorSport LVG
Ret
LBH
19
HOU
21
POR1
Ret
POR2
20
CLE
Ret
MTT
Ret
TOR
9
EDM1
17
EDM2
16
SJO
11
ROA
18
22nd 41
2008 Pacific Coast Motorsports LBH
15
LS
13
MTT
11
EDM1
12
EDM2
13
ROA1
11
ROA2
10
TRR
12
NJ
10
UTA
14
ATL
9
11th 102
2009 Team Stargate Worlds SEB
10
UTA
4
NJ1
8
NJ2
8
LIM
10
ACC1
7
ACC2
7
MDO
8
TRR
6
MOS ATL LS 9th 62

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