Frankie Muniz Reveals Health Battle On DWTS, Claims He Doesn’t Remember Starring In ‘Malcolm in the Middle’

One of the last memories I have of Frankie Muniz is when he got Punk’d by Ashton Kutcher. I think they pretended to steal his car or something, and he got really upset. That was around the time Malcolm in the Middle was ending, and Muniz kinda went into hiding after the show went off air.

We now know he was busy being a professional race-car driver. He left show business in 2006 to focus on his racing dreams, and he was pretty freaking good at it. But then in 2009, he had a serious (almost life-threatening) accident on the track.

He talked to PEOPLE about the crash, “My car flipped a bunch and I crashed into a wall. In the end, I broke my back, ankle, four ribs and my hand. My thumb was dangling by the skin.”

But it’s what happened after the crash that changed his life dramatically. In total, Muniz has suffered at least nine concussions and several “mini-strokes,” which has damaged his long term memory. The strokes started in 2012, and they remain a mystery to this day.

“First, I lose my peripheral vision. And I can see people but I can’t recognize them. I can see words but I can’t tell what they say. Then I start going numb. It’s a gross feeling. But I know now when it’s going to come. I usually go lay down and wait [for it to be over]. I’ve gone to so many neurologists who have done every single test. I have no answers as to why it happens.”

On the most recent episode of Dancing with the Stars, the 31-year-old actor revealed he doesn’t remember much from his Malcolm in the Middle days, “It makes me a little sad. Things pop back into my mind (that) I should have remembered. Like, I should have remembered going to Australia. That’s something that people remember.”

Bryan Cranston, who played Muniz’s father on the show, appeared in a pre-taped interview, and apparently he still gives Muniz fatherly advice…

“I told him not to worry about what you remember and what you don’t remember. They’re still your experiences. That will be my job. I will tell him, ‘Remember this? Remember that from ‘Malcolm? What a life for you!’”

I think that’s good advice for anyone. Damaged memory or not.

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