An artist who has never feared from following his heart, Francisco “Frankie” Muniz IV is an American actor, writer, director, musician, and racer. He was born on December 5, 1985, in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey to Francisco Muniz III and Denise Muniz. Frankie’s talent was first noticed in 1993 in North Carolina at a talent show, shortly after his family moved there, and was offered a part in A Christmas Carol. Soon after his parents’ divorce, he moved to Burbank, California with his mother. He then made his film debut in 1997 with To Dance with Olivia, a made-for-television movie. The same year he was seen on What The Deaf Man Heard, presented by CBS Hallmark Hall Of Fame. But it was his small role in Lost & Found (1999) that got him his big break. It was through the Fox premiered Malcolm in the Middle, mid-season replacement that Muniz first shot to fame on television. He was nominated for Emmy Awards and won the Hollywood Reporter “Young Star Award” for the same.
While he kept making guest appearances on various television shows such as Lizzie McGuire, The Teenage Witch, and Sabrina, his first feature film was My Dog Skip in 2000. Meanwhile, he contributed character voice for 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue, Dr. Dolittle and Stripes (2005). In 2002, he had his first hit through Big Fat Liar. In 2003, he did a cameo Stuck On You and appeared on Ashton Kutcher’s show Punk’d. The same year, his fans saw him play an undercover agent in Agent Cody Banks, for which he trained in Martial Arts and did a majority of his action scenes on his own. The next year a sequel, Agent Cody Banks 2 saw him in action too. In 2006, he announced that he would be taking a break from acting to pursue his other interests and hobbies. While Muniz signed a two-year contract with Jensen Motorsports in Formula BMW racing, he also appeared in a horror movie Stay Alive and wound up Malcolm in the Middle. Despite his announcement to take a break, he signed an R-rated comedy Extreme Movie the same year.
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and movie Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story in 2007. Muniz wrote the screenplay for the show Granted in 2004, which till date remains the only screenplay by him. He did become the executive producer for Choose Your Adventure: The Abominable Snowman (2006) and an associate producer for Choose Connor (2007). Frankie’s racing career can be traced from 2007 to 2009, when he worked with Jensen Motorsport, Pacific Coast Motorsports and Team Stargate Worlds. In 2005, he won the title for Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race as a celebrity winner. In 2011, he returned to the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race and finished 4th. He also had a short-lived music career as a drummer in Kingsfoil. He joined the band in 2012 but had to quit in 2014 due to problems with schedules.
It was in 2011 that Muniz announced his engagement after a 4-year long relationship with Elycia Marie. They live in Scottsdale, Arizona and are supporters of Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Clippers. In November 2012 and a year later in 2013, Muniz suffered strokes and had to be hospitalized. Let us hope that the now 30-year-old, multi-talented star makes an entry on the screen soon.