Best known for his role in the quirky sitcom, Malcolm In The Middle, Frankie Muniz has an estimated net worth of $30 million. Muniz was born in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey. His mom, Denise, was a nurse and his dad, Francisco, owned a restaurant. He also has a sister named Christina.
Frankie and his family moved to North Carolina when he was 4 years old. This was where he first got noticed for his acting talent, around the age of 8, when he played Tiny Tim in a local theater production of A Christmas Carol.
Soon after, Frankie's parents divorced, so his mom packed up and moved with him and his sister to Burbank, California. Muniz was homeschooled by his mom so that he could concentrate on his acting.
After a few years of appearing in commercials and bit parts on some television shows, Frankie got a small role in the 1999 movie, Lost And Found. This got him noticed by producers from the Fox network, who were looking for a fresh young star for their latest sitcom.
Frankie landed the role and the first episode of Malcolm In The Middle premiered in January of 2000. The show about a wacky, semi-dysfunctional family, with Frankie as the middle child and narrator, was an instant hit.
Malcolm ran for 7 seasons, and helped turn the kid from New Jersey into a superstar. It also gave him a staggering amount of wealth for someone his age. Over the course of the show's run, Frankie made $10 million. That's not including an estimated $6-$7 million more from syndication royalties.
In addition to Malcolm In The Middle, Muniz appeared in several movies and television shows, including:
- My Dog Skip (2000)
- Big Fat Liar (2002)
- Agent Cody Banks (2003)
- Agent Cody Banks In London (2004)
- Stay Alive (2006)
- Lizzy McGuire (tv show)
- Sabrina The Teenage Witch (TV show)
- Fairly Odd Parents (animated series)
- Punk'd (first ever to get punked by Ashton Kutcher)
- Dancing With The Stars (TV show)
- Sharknado (series of TV movies)
- Black String (2018)
Awards And Nominations
Over the years, Frankie has been recognized for his outstanding acting with awards and nominations that include:
- 2 Emmy nominations
- 2 Golden Globe nominations
- The Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award
- 4 Kids Choice Awards (for favorite actor in a TV series)
- 2 Satellite Awards ( for best actor in a TV series)
- 1 Critics Choice Nomination ( for best actor in a sitcom)
Race Car Driving
Muniz has been interested in race car driving from a young age. In fact, he signed with Jensen Motorsports, in 2005, while still filming Malcolm In The Middle. In 2006, he raced in the Formula BMW Series. A year later, he raced in the Champ Car Atlantic Series. He took part in 32 races between 2007 and 2009.
While he took a break for a few years, Frankie can still be found on the race track, taking part in celebrity and charity races a few times a year.
Recently, Frankie has reignited his passion for racing. He took to the tracks of Daytona and qualified for the ARCA Menards Series, a feeder series for NASCAR. This will give him the opportunity to race in 20 events at the Daytona speedway and possibly make his way onto the NASCAR circuit.
Frankie's made his fair share of money from the real estate game. While still a teenager, he bought his first home in Brentwood, California for his mom and sister. He lived there until he turned 18, then bought himself a house in Encino.
About a year later, he bought another house in the Hollywood Hills that had a massive 10 car garage. A short time later, he bought another house in the hills. Muniz sold them both the next year for a tidy profit. One of the homes was sold to actress Halle Berry.
In 2008, the actor sold his Encino home and moved to Arizona, where he bought a $2.7 million dessert estate. He sold that house in 2014 and bought another estate in Scottsdale, Arizona for $3 million.
Frankie's interests got beyond acting and racing cars. He's also a musician. A self-taught drummer, he joined the York, Pennsylvania-based band Kings Foil as the beat keeper. He had to quit due to scheduling conflicts, but often can be found at their shows running the lights and fulfilling other roadie-type activities.He's also the manager for the independent band, Astro Lasso.
The former child actor loves being silly on social media and sharing pictures of his life. His Instagram boasts 743K followers, while his Facebook has even more fans at 886K.
After a series of relationships, including one well publicized in the media involving domestic violence, Muniz married Paige Price in 2016. The couple met while Price was hosting a televised race car event to honor Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday.
Together, the couple opened a specialty shop in Arizona called Outrageous Olive Oils And Vinegars. The shop sold artisan oils, vinegar, spices, and other ingredients for organic recipes. The shop was sold shortly before Price gave birth to the couple's son, Maui Mosley Muniz.
When he's not working, Muniz enjoys golfing and spending as much time as he can with his family.
In addition to using his race car skills to raise money for good causes, Muniz has used his musical talents as well. Recently, he appeared on Celebrity Name That Tune and raised $58,000 for the State 48 Foundation. This organization helps small businesses and feeds those in need.
Frankie also works with Celebrity Fight Night (an organization that helps raise money to fight cancer) and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center, which raises funds to research a cure for the neurological condition.
He also does work for the American Red Cross and helps raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, hunger, and homelessness in the United States. The Muniz family works with local Arizona nonprofits in these areas to help relieve the struggles that people face.
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