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FRANCISCO "FRANKIE" MUNIZ IV (born December 5, 1985) is an American actor, musician, writer, producer, race car driver, and band manager. He is best known for playing the title character in the Fox television family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle
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." In 2008, he put his acting career on hold to pursue an open wheel racing career. He competed in the Atlantic Championship
Atlantic Championship
. In 2012, he joined the band Kingsfoil as a drummer; however, he left the band in 2014.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 Acting * 2.2 Writing and producing * 2.3 Racing * 2.4 Music

* 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 5 Awards and nominations

* 6 Motorsports career results

* 6.1 American open–wheel racing results

* 6.1.1 Atlantic Championship
Atlantic Championship

* 7 References * 8 External links

EARLY LIFE

Muniz was born on December 5, 1985 in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey . His father, Francisco III, was a restaurateur, and his mother, Denise, was a nurse. His father is Puerto Rican and his mother is of Italian and Irish descent. He has an elder sister, Cristina, and a childhood friend, Lauren Layre. When Muniz was four years old, his family moved to Knightdale, North Carolina where he grew up. He was first discovered at the age of eight, at a talent show in Raleigh, North Carolina in a local production of A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
, cast as Tiny Tim. Shortly after, his parents divorced, and he subsequently moved to Burbank, California
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
CBS
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Hall of Fame
presentation of What the Deaf Man Heard . A small role in the film Lost Sabrina, the Teenage Witch ; and MADtv
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
Dr. Dolittle 2
. He had a hit with the 2002 release Big Fat Liar
Big Fat Liar
, which teamed him with teen actress Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes
as a pair of students seeking revenge on a sleazy movie producer (played by Paul Giamatti
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
Cher
's underage boyfriend in Stuck on You . That same year, he appeared in the series premiere of Ashton Kutcher
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. 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."

Muniz provided the character voice of a zebra named Stripes, who wishes to become a racing equine, in the 2005 film Racing Stripes
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. 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
Formula BMW
competition.

Malcolm in the Middle
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
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.

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 . The film was originally planned to be released in 2007 by Dimension Films
Dimension Films
, 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
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
Brianna Perry
, but the project was never released.

Muniz made a foray into the superhero genre with the family action film Pizza Man , in 2011.

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

In 2015, he made another cameo appearance in The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
, in which one of the detectives (Merideth Bose) had a crush on the actor/ racecar driver (Frankie Muniz) who was competing in a drag race. The team was on an NYPD case and suspected evidence would present itself at the drag race.

WRITING AND PRODUCING

Muniz started writing in 2004, when he wrote the teleplay of the TV show Granted. To date, that is his only written work. 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

Muniz in 2007

Muniz has had a long-running interest in car racing. On February 18, 2001, Muniz drove the pace car for the Daytona 500 and met Dale Earnhardt shortly before Earnhardt entered his vehicle for the race. Muniz, who was also attending the race to film for MTV
MTV
's documentary series True Life
True Life
, witnessed the subsequent crash on the final lap which killed Earnhardt .

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. The following year, he finished third, and was the best-finishing celebrity after capitalizing on Ingo Rademacher and Aaron Peirsol
Aaron Peirsol
's contact on the final lap. 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
Formula BMW
USA season, and failed to finish in a point-scoring position. He was selected as one of the thirty–six drivers to compete in the annual Formula BMW
Formula BMW
World Final at Valencia . Muniz finished 29th. In April, he again competed in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity, finishing 11th after starting 19th.

In 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 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. In January 2007, he placed second at the Sebring Winter National race. 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
Miller Motorsports Park
. However, prior to the penultimate race at Road America
Road America
, his season was shortened by wrist surgery.

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

MUSIC

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!"

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

In 2017, Muniz announced on Facebook that he is the manager for the York -based band Astro Lasso, which consists of Jordan Davis and Tristan Martin of his former band Kingsfoil.

PERSONAL LIFE

Muniz is an avid supporter of the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
and the Los Angeles Clippers .

In October 2011, Muniz became engaged to publicist Elycia Marie Turnbow.

On November 30, 2012, Muniz was hospitalized after having a transient ischemic attack , also described as a "mini stroke", and spoke about the experience on Katie . He suffered a second attack a year later, in November 2013. He recently was interviewed in 2017 and asked about his health. He has had no issues since, and lives a very happy healthy lifestyle now.

FILMOGRAPHY

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
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 Kids\' Choice Awards Host/Himself

2000 Miracle in Lane 2 Justin Yoder TV movie

2000–2003 Scruff Strummer Lead Role

2000–2006 Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm Lead role

2001 Andy Dick Show, The The Andy Dick Show Young Andy Dick Episode: "Kid Krist"

2001 The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Thelonious (voice) Episode: " Trilogy of Error "

2001 Dr. Dolittle 2
Dr. Dolittle 2
Boy Bear Cub (voice)

2001–2003 Fairly OddParents, The The Fairly OddParents
The Fairly OddParents
Chester McBadbat (voice) 24 episodes

2002 Moville Mysteries Mosley 'Mo' Moville TV series

2002 Lizzie McGuire
Lizzie McGuire
Himself/Frankie Muniz Episode: "Lizzie in the Middle"

2002 Big Fat Liar
Big Fat Liar
Jason Shepherd Main role

2002 Titus Nick Galenti Episode: "Too Damn Good"

2002 Nightmare Room, The The Nightmare Room Mike Episode: "Camp Nowhere: Part 2"

2002 Deuces Wild Scooch

2002 Fillmore!
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
Racing Stripes
Stripes (voice) Main role

2005 Arrested Development Himself/Frankie Muniz Episode: " Mr. F "

2006 Stay Alive
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
Criminal Minds
Jonny McHale Episode: "True Night"

2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Buddy Holly

2008 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 ">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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Wayback Machine
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Frankie Muniz
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Frankie Muniz
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Frankie Muniz
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Frankie Muniz
on Twitter: "I love Sunday\'s because I get to watch my @AZCardinals !"". Twitter.com. 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2015-08-17. * ^ " Frankie Muniz
Frankie Muniz
on Twitter: "Holy crap! What a game. So glad I attended this one! Go @azcardinals!". Twitter.com. 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2015-08-17. * ^ " Frankie Muniz
Frankie Muniz
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Frankie Muniz
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Frankie Muniz
Engaged to Elycia Marie Turnbow"". People.com. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2017-07-13. * ^ " Frankie Muniz
Frankie Muniz
Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend"". E! Online. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2017-07-13. * ^ Muniz on mini-stroke: \'It was a wake-up call\' on YouTube
YouTube
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