Did You Know Frankie Muniz Is More Than an Actor?
Frankie Muniz is an actor, a successful racecar driver, musician, and a businessman. Here's everything about his thrilling career!
You might know Frankie Muniz as Malcolm from the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. Or you might be more familiar with Cody Banks from the American spy comedy movie series Agent Cody Banks.
Frankie Muniz, known better by his roles as Malcolm and Agent Cody Banks, was once known as one of the highest-paid teenagers in Hollywood. However, it turns out he’s more than an actor. In fact, Muniz is a total package when it comes to his career.
Frankie Muniz – The Successful Teenage Actor
Born on December 5, 1985, Fransisco James Muniz IV started his acting career way back in 1997 by appearing in To Dance with Olivia – a made-for-television movie.
From there, he became a rising talent through a small role in the 1999 film Lost & Found. His breakout role in the movie blessed him with the character Malcolm on Linwood Boomer’s Malcolm in the Middle, a sitcom that premiered on Fox for 6 years straight, starting from January 9, 2000, to May 14, 2006.
The sitcom quickly became a hit, with the pilot episode watched by 23 million people, and the second episode by a whopping 26 million audiences!
Muniz was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2001, and won The Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award, both of which were for his outstanding performance in the sitcom that conquered millions of hearts!
The Beginning of Major Roles
The family drama film My Dog Skip in 2000 saw Muniz take on his first ever starring role. The same year, he played his part in two video games as well, giving the character voice of Domino in the video game 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue and featured in the video game Stargate Worlds.
Following all this, he made his major appearance with the title role in Agent Cody Banks, which was a global success and was once trending among kids and teenagers. The film grossed a banging $47 million since its release in 2003.
He played the title role for the sequel as well, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, released in 2004, which grossed a total of $28 million.
Despite his success as a young talent, Muniz’s acting career slowed down since the conclusion of Malcolm in the Middle in 2006. Although he did play his part in many other movies and shows, staying active on-screen even recently in 2018, the spotlight he once had in his early days slowly shifted.
Frankie Muniz and His Love for Racing
Even during his active years in film, Muniz expressed his intense love for car racing.
The root of Muniz’s racing career dates back to February 18, 2001, as he drove the pace car for the Daytona 500. This was shortly before Dale Earnhardt entered his vehicle for the race.
Muniz was in the race to film for MTV’s documentary series True Life. It was in this race that Muniz witnessed Dale Earnhardt encounter a collision during the final lap, which instantly killed and announced his death shortly after.
In 2004, Muniz finished 7th while being a celebrity participant in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach. He also finished third the following year and was the best-finishing celebrity after capitalizing on Ingo Rademacher and Aaron Peirsol’s contact on the final lap.
From there, he raced in multiple other auto racing competitions, including the Formula BMW USA season in 2006, the Formula BMW World Final at Valencia, and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race again.
Moving a Step Above…
Muniz’s racing career moved up a notch and he got himself into the more competitive Champ Car Atlantic Series in 2007. He successfully completed the entire season of 12 races there, where he logged 351 laps, earned 41 points in total, won $17,000 in prize money, and finished off in 9th place as his best race in the season.
He then participated in many other races between the years 2007 and 2011. Since then, it seems like Muniz took a break from racing, and wasn’t active in auto racing until 2021.
On October 23, 2021, Muniz competed in the SRL Pro Late Model series driving for High Point Racing, where he made his debut in stock car racing at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.
Recently, in January 2022, the actor drove the No. 01 Ford for Fast Track Racing in the ARCA Menards Series test at Daytona International Speedway.
Frankie Muniz Is a Musician?
Remember when we mentioned Muniz seems to have taken a long break from his racing career from 2011 to 2021? Well, it turns out the actor shifted his focus from racing to music through these years.
His music career started when he joined an unsigned band named You Hang Up as a drummer.
He then joined another band named Kingsfoil in 2012, which was based in York, Pennsylvania. However, two years later, in 2014, Muniz had to leave Kingsfoil due to scheduling problems.
Later in 2017, the actor announced himself on Facebook as the manager of another York-based band named Astro Lasso. The band consists of two former members of the band Kingsfoil – Jordan Davis and Tristan Martin.
The actor travels with the band to manage their events and other activities, including monitoring their systems and lights. Muniz is also the band’s designated driver.
In 2018, the actor and his now-wife Paige Price bought a small specialty shop, Outrageous Olive Oils & Vinegars, in Scottsdale, Arizona. After running the business for two straight years, the couple sold the store in August 2020.
The sale was during the time of the pandemic. However, in an interview, they said they had to sell the business due to Paige’s pregnancy, although the sales were steady despite the pandemic forcing the business into an online structure.
If we connect the dots here, it’s evident that Frankie Muniz has had a twisted career in the past years. Not that he’s a failure in his career, but it’s amazing to see how he’s been able to try out and succeed in different things in life.
For him, all that he’s ever done are things that he’s interested in. Let that be acting, racing, or managing a business, he revealed that he has enjoyed every bit of the process he’s been through.
Since the sale of his business, he went back to racing. Although we’re unsure where he’s going to dive in next, Muniz’s life is of guaranteed thrills and adventures.
Frankie Muniz is globally known as Malcolm and Agent Cody Banks through two of his greatest on-screen performances. However, he’s more than an actor and leads a completely unique career.
While people tend to secure a job and stick with it all their lives, Muniz does the opposite and has been pursuing different career roles throughout these years.
Although Muniz started his career as an actor, he had a lifelong interest in car racing and multiple other passion. What’s interesting is that the actor found time and space to feed his passion by becoming a racecar driver, musician, and entrepreneur.
He found success in all areas of life. While we’re all curious to know what awaits in the future for Frankie Muniz, only time will tell how he moves through the coming years.
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