Frankie Muniz

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Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz, 2012
BornFrancisco Muñiz IV
(1985-12-05) December 5, 1985 (age 26)
Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor
Professional racer
Musician
Years active1997–present
 
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Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz, 2012
BornFrancisco Muñiz IV
(1985-12-05) December 5, 1985 (age 26)
Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor
Professional racer
Musician
Years active1997–present

Francisco "Frankie" Muñiz IV (born December 5, 1985)[1] is an American actor, musician, writer, producer, and racecar driver. He is known primarily as the star of the FOX television family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. 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.

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Early life

Muñiz was born on December 5, 1985, in Ridgewood,[3][4] New Jersey, the son of Denise, a former nurse, and Francisco Muñiz III, a restaurant manager, and grew up in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey.[5][6] His father is Puerto Rican, whose ancestral origins descend from Asturias, Spain,[citation needed] 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 from New Jersey), where he was cast as Tiny Tim in a local production of A Christmas Carol. His parents divorced shortly after. 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

Acting

Fox premiered Malcolm in the Middle 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] Muniz anchored the show with his narration and central role in many of the series' plots, although he has said that he does not consider himself a comic actor and does not find himself loved.[10] He was nominated for the Emmy Awards[11] in 2001,[12] and was honored with 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, released around the same time as the pilot for Malcolm In The Middle. That same year, he played the voice of Domino in the 2000 video game 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue. He was featured on the video game Stargate Worlds.

The following year, he contributed a 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.[13] 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."[10]

Muniz voiced a racing zebra named Stripes 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 May 14, 2006. Ten days later, 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 significant guest appearance in an episode of the popular and critically acclaimed CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. The episode, entitled "True Night", featured Muniz playing a famous comic-book writer who becomes a violent serial killer who preys on a group of local gang-bangers after they force him to watch while they rape and murder his pregnant fiancée. In December 2007, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, playing Buddy Holly.

Writing, producing and music

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 the associated producer of the film Choose Connor.

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!"[20]

In 2012, Muniz joined Kingsfoil, a band based in York, Pennsylvania. [21]

Racecar driving

Muniz (third from right) at the 2011 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

Muniz's career in car 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, 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 series, 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 World Final, despite his poor performance in the national series. The event, dominated by German Christian Vietoris, saw him make a small impact, as he finished twenty–ninth.[22]

For 2007, Muniz moved up to the more competitive Champ Car Atlantic Series,[23] 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. By avoiding breakdowns and accidents, he was able to log 351 season laps. This was more race mileage than that of most other drivers, indicating greater endurance and consistency with respect to other drivers of similar performance.[24]

In January 2007, he placed second at the Sebring Winter National race.[25]

He signed with Atlantic Championship winning team Pacific Coast Motorsports in January 2008, with a goal to compete consistently in the top ten in the 2008 event "Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda". 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.

Personal life

On October 24, 2011, it was reported that Muniz was engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Elycia Marie, owner of Arcadia Vintage. [26]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997To Dance with OliviaOscarTV movie
1997/1998What the Deaf Man HeardYoung SammyTV movie
1998Spin CityDerek EvansEpisode: "Three men and a Little Lady"
Episode: "The Kidney's All Right"
1999Sabrina, the Teenage WitchAngeloEpisode: "Sabrina the Matchmaker"
1999Lost & FoundMovie on TV 'Boy'
1999Little ManRossShort film
2000My Dog SkipWillie Morris main role
2000It Had to Be YouFranklin
2000Miracle in Lane 2Justin YoderTV movie
2000Lizzie McGuireFrankie MunizEpisode: "Lizzie in the Middle"
2000-2006Malcolm in the MiddleMalcolm151 episodes/main role
2001Andy Dick Show, TheThe Andy Dick ShowYoung Andy DickEpisode: "Kid Krist"
2001The SimpsonsThelonious (voice)Episode: "Trilogy of Error"
2001Dr. Dolittle 2Boy Bear Cub (voice)
2001-2003Fairly OddParents, TheThe Fairly OddParentsChester McBadbat (voice)24 episodes
2002Moville MysteriesMosley 'Mo' MovilleTV series
2002Big Fat LiarJason Shepherdmain role
2002TitusNick GalentiEpisode: "Too Damn Good"
2002Nightmare Room, TheThe Nightmare RoomMikeEpisode: "Camp Nowhere: Part 2"
2002Deuces WildScooch
2002Fillmore!Willie / Augie / Tony (voice)Episode: "Test of the Tested"
Episode: "A Wurm in Our Midst"
2003Clifford the Big Red DogFrankieEpisode: "Little Big Pup/Getting to Know You"
2003Agent Cody BanksCody Banksmain role
2003Stuck On YouCher's Boyfriend
2004Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination LondonCody Banksmain role
2005Racing StripesStripes (voice)main role
2006Stay AliveSwink
2006Danny Roane: First Time DirectorFrankie Muniz
2006Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable SnowmanBenjamin North (voice)Video
2006Fabulous Life Presents: Really Rich Real Estate, TheThe Fabulous Life Presents: Really Rich Real EstateEpisode: "1.1"
2007My Sexiest YearJake
2007Criminal MindsJonny McHaleEpisode: "True Night"
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryBuddy Holly
2008Extreme MovieChuck
2010Legend of Secret Pass, TheThe Legend of Secret PassManu (voice)
2011Pizza ManMatt Burns / Pizza ManPost-production
2012Last Man StandingRichardEpisode: "Baxter & Sons"

Awards

Awards
YearResultAwardCategoryNominated Work
1998NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series: Young Actor Age Ten or UnderWhat the Deaf Man Heard
NominatedYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie
2000WonGiffoni Film FestivalBest ActorMy Dog Skip
NominatedLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsYouth in Film
NominatedYoungStar AwardsBest Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama
WonBest Young Actor/Performance in a Comedy TV SeriesMalcolm in the Middle
WonBest Young Ensemble Cast: Television
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsTV: Choice Actor
NominatedTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in Comedy
2001WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Ensemble in a Feature FilmMy Dog Skip
NominatedBest Performance in a TV Movie (Drama): Leading Young ActorMiracle in Lane 2
NominatedBest Ensemble in a TV SeriesMalcolm in the Middle
WonBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actor
NominatedEmmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
NominatedGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical
WonSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Series: Comedy or Musical
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsTV: Choice Actor
NominatedTV Guide AwardsBreakout Star of the Year
2002NominatedTeen Choice AwardsFilm: Choice ChemistryBig Fat Liar
NominatedGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Musical or ComedyMalcolm in the Middle
NominatedNickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television Actor'
Won|Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actor
NominatedBest Ensemble in a TV Series: (Comedy or Drama)
2003NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: ComedyAgent Cody Banks
NominatedChoice TV Actor: ComedyMalcolm in the Middle
WonNickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television Actor
WonYoung Artist AwardsBest Ensemble in a TV Series: (Comedy or Drama)
NominatedBest Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actor
2004NominatedAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror FilmsBest Performance by a Younger ActorAgent Cody Banks
NominatedYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actor
WonNickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television ActorMalcolm in the Middle
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: Comedy
2005NominatedNickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television ActorMalcolm in the Middle
NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: Comedy

Motorsports career results

American open–wheel racing results

(key)

Atlantic Championship

YearTeam123456789101112RankPoints
2007Jensen MotorSportUnited States
LVG
Ret
United States
LBH
19
United States
HOU
21
United States
POR1
Ret
United States
POR2
20
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
MTT
Ret
Canada
TOR
9
Canada
EDM1
17
Canada
EDM2
16
United States
SJO
11
United States
ROA
18
22nd41
2008Pacific Coast MotorsportsUnited States
LBH
15
United States
LS
13
Canada
MTT
11
Canada
EDM1
12
Canada
EDM2
13
United States
ROA1
11
United States
ROA2
10
Canada
TRR
12
United States
NJ
10
United States
UTA
14
United States
ATL
9
11th102
2009Team Stargate WorldsUnited States
SEB
10
United States
UTA
4
United States
NJ1
8
United States
NJ2
8
United States
LIM
10
United States
ACC1
7
United States
ACC2
7
United States
MDO
8
Canada
TRR
6
Canada
MOS
United States
ATL
United States
LS
9th62

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