Oh, the ravages of time. It makes one feel so very old to find out that the things we enjoyed in our collective youth are now older than a generation that can think, speak, laugh, cry, drive and even drink.
Some of my old PlayStation 1 games are older than kids (and yes, they are kids) going into their first year of university. I have some old VHS tapes that are older than kids who can now go to the pub and leave their car keys at home. Hell, even my copy of FIFA 05 is older than kids in year eight, lord have mercy!
Time waits for no man, and given that Malcolm in the Middle hit our TV screens for the first time just over 17 years ago (excuse me while I go and cry) I can’t help but feel a slight pang of age run through my veins!
Filmed for the first time in the late 90s, the show was the first big sitcom of the new millennium, and it’s still one of the best. It ushered in a new generation of household names and gave us, in the case of one of its alumni, the first half of one of the greatest type-smashing pair of performances in television history. More on that later.
So, without further ado, let’s have a look at the cast of Malcolm in the Middle, and see what they’ve been up to recently.
Frankie Muniz (Malcolm)
The boy genius, and star of the show, was the set of eyes through which we all viewed his insane yet somehow realistic family. He showed the world how tough it is to be a middle child: picked on by your older siblings and still responsible for looking after the younger siblings.
Throughout the show’s incredibly popular run, Muniz had the world at his feet. In 2003, he was considered “one of Hollywood’s most bankable teens” according to CBS News and after the show’s inevitable conclusion he seemed set for a blockbuster career. Sadly that never really materialised.
On the show however, Malcolm was the straight man of the show, but that didn’t stop him from being any less hilarious and since the show’s cancellation in 2006, Muniz has seldom been seen by audiences, instead only popping sporadically in a show here and there.
In 2012 he appeared in an episode of ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” as himself, and then starred in a Syfy movie called “Blast Vegas” the following year. In 2015 he appeared in “Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink 2” opposite Robert Patrick, and as well as in “Road to Capri” with Virginia Madsen and Doctor Octopus himself Alfred Molina.
Outside of acting however, Muniz has been quite the busy bee. Muniz is engaged to Elycia Marie Turnbow and took up competitive race car driving, played in a band called Kingsfoil, and suffered from some scary health setbacks in 2012 and 2013, tweeting that he had “experienced another mini stroke” and was “miserable.”