Frankie Muniz Can’t Remember ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ After Suffering Mini-Strokes
"It almost feels like it wasn’t me."
Frankie Muniz may be known for playing the titular character on Malcolm in the Middle, but he can’t seem to remember it himself.
While competing on Dancing with the Stars, the former child sensation shocked fans when he revealed he can’t remember much of filming the beloved Fox comedy ever since suffering a series of mini-strokes — or transient ischemic attacks, which occur when blood temporarily stops reaching the brain — almost half a decade ago. When asked about the most memorable year of his career, the actor admitted his childhood memories have all been erased from his mind.
“Most people think that my most memorable year would be the year Malcolm in the Middle started, because it allowed me to live all these dreams of mine,” he said. “I’ve gotten to really do anything I’ve wanted to do, but the truth is, I don’t remember much [of that].”
Drawing a Blank
Frankie, who became an open wheel race car driver after starring on the sit-com for seven seasons, added that his girlfriend Paige Price has been keeping a daily diary for him to help him remember things. However, he admitted, reading the journal makes “it almost feels like it wasn’t me.”
“To be honest, I’ve never really talked about it,” he told his dance partner Witney Carson, confessing he hasn’t gone to doctors about his memory loss. He continued:
“It’s just my life but we were talking about Malcolm and how it started and I don’t really have memories of being on the show. My memory of being on the show is seeing the episode.”
The 31-year-old also said the memory loss started out as “a weird thing” that happened “over the last ten years.”
In 2012, Frankie started having trouble with his speech just days before his 27th birthday. He was eventually admitted to an Arizona emergency room, where doctors diagnosed he had suffered a mild stroke. At the time, he described the experience as not “not fun at all.”
“Have to start taking care of my body!” he tweeted. “Getting old!”
Almost a year to the day later, Frankie suffered another mini-stroke. “Hopefully that will be the last,” he wrote on Twitter. “Miserable.”
According to the two-time Golden Globes nominee, those incidents — along with the estimated nine concussions he suffered during his stint as a race car driver — may have contributed to the severe memory loss surrounding his childhood acting days.
“My mom was with me while I was doing Malcolm and stuff, she’ll bring up things or trips we went on or big events that you would think I’d remember — and it’s a new story to me,” he said.