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The Real Reason Frankie Muniz Doesn't Remember Malcolm In The Middle

In the 2000s, there were few young actors who reached mainstream popularity quite like Frankie Muniz. Muniz has been showcasing his comedic chops since the late '90s, with starring roles in films like "Big Fat Liar" and "Agent Cody Banks." Muniz was also a contestant on "Dancing With The Stars" in 2017. However, he is arguably best remembered for his portrayal of Malcolm Wilkerson for more than 150 episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle." The sitcom aired its last episode in 2006, but won plenty of awards, including a few Emmys, along the way. 

Muniz was the star of the show, alongside Bryan Cranston and Jane Kaczmarek as his two loving parents who try their best to make ends meet for their three children. There are so many memorable scenes from the show that die-hard fans can quote on a whim. However, due to a few complications, Muniz has a hard time remembering the peak years of his acting career, including his time on "Malcolm in the Middle."

Muniz suffers from severe memory loss

Frankie Muniz has led a busy life since "Malcolm in the Middle" aired its final episode. His career has taken him from Hollywood actor to professional race-car driver to drummer in a band. However, he has a hard time remembering it all after a series of unfortunate head injuries. He got a concussion while playing soccer at a young age and has gone on to have nine in total. Also, he's suffered from several mini-strokes and was diagnosed with aura-migraines, as he revealed on Steve-O's "Wild Ride" podcast. While he doesn't remember a lot of his time on "Malcolm in the Middle," he hasn't forgotten everything.  "I just think it's the fact I did so [expletive] much in that timeframe that, of course I don't remember all of it," he said. "A lot of my memories now are that I can't distinguish if it were a dream or if it was reality."

Additionally, Muniz has learned to accept his brain for what it is and live the most fulfilling life he can. "So, I'm only reminded of how bad my memory is when people I see, they come to me and go, 'Oh, you remember when we did this? Remember we went on this trip to this country?' And I have no recollection of it, but in my head, it's not like I feel bad or sad about it," he told People