[[caption-width-right:300:Francisco James Muñíz IV (yes, that is his real name)]]

An American actor, racecar driver and musician born on December 5, 1985. He is best known for playing the lead character in the hit Fox sitcom ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' as well as in ''Film/BigFatLiar'' and the ''Film/AgentCodyBanks'' movies.

During the late 90s and early 2000s he was one of the most bankable and well known child/teen actors in Hollywood; he chose to distance himself from acting to pursue a career as a professional racecar driver and later as a drummer (he is currently the drummer to indie rock band Kingsfoil), although he has continued to appear in several TV shows as a guest star (most notably in ''Series/CriminalMinds'').

!Tropes Associated with Frankie Muniz:
* AsHimself: He has played himself several times in different TV shows and at least one film.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: Most notably he voiced Chester [=McBadBat=] (the trailer trash kid with braces) in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' during the early episodes. He was replaced with Creator/JasonMarsden in later episodes.
* CelebrityResemblance: To Cassey Affleck, say some.
* FormerChildStar: Averted. After reaching success as a child/teen actor, he went on to become a racecar driver and then a musician, is currently engaged, and overall seems to be doing all right.
* IAmNotSpock: He will always be Malcolm to his fans.
* PlayingAgainstType: Jonny [=McHale=] in ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: For some reason there are plenty of Website/YouTube videos claiming he's dead. He did have a TIA ("mini stroke") just before his 27th birthday, but he quickly recovered.
* StarMakingRole: Malcolm from ''Malcolm in the Middle''.