When we found out that Frankie Muniz had suffered a stroke, we made a pained and confused face very similar to his trademark expression on Malcolm In The Middle. Because last time we checked, isn’t this dude, like, nine years old? OK, it’s been a long time since he’s played the precocious pre-teen on the long running show. But he’s still wayyy too young to be having strokes. He turns 27 tomorrow for goodness sake. Let’s hope he’s well enough for some cake.
The former child star posted his health update to his twitter early this morning. “I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a “Mini Stroke”, which was not fun at all,” he wrote. “Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!” Awww, be careful Frankie! If anything happens to you, we’ll be bawling harder than we were at the end of My Dog Skip.
Frankie (as we guess he’s still known) has had an eventful life out of the spotlight since his teen movie heyday. He’s famously tried his hand at professional race-car driving, and more recently joined the band Kingsfoil. But he hasn’t totally retired from acting. Just this year he put in guest spots on Last Man Standing and Don’t Trust The B—– In Apartment 23. We don’t have any further updates on him at the moment, but we’ll let you know.
Want to find out how the rest of his television family is doing? Head on down to the gallery below and find out!
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Last week theFABlife gave you a list of sitcom kids whose iconic small screen characters didn’t stop them from becoming grown-up Hollywood stars. But that got us thinking: What happened to the kids who didn’t go that A-list route and got sucked into the black hole of former child actors? We recently heard from Family Matters star Jaleel White, who said that he still feels suffocated by Steve Urkel’s high-wasted pants. But that just got us curious about the others. Kimmy Gibbler, Danny Tamberelli, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Larisa Oleynik … where have you been!? We’re so sad that we’ve fallen out of contact with ‘em.
But never fear, folks! Through the magic of the Internet, we’ve managed to track down some of your favorite sitcom kids of the ’80s and ’90s. All you gotta do is click on the gallery below for a tearful reunion with your long-lost television friends. Enjoy! And bring a hanky.
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With many child actors, it’s usually a matter of when, not if, news of their impending meltdown hits the web. For example, allegedly Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz hit girlfriend Elycia Turnbow and threatened suicide while the two were in Phoenix, AZ last Friday. According to the police report filled by Turnbow, the actor “grabbed a gun and held it to his head, possibly with intent of committing suicide.” Elycia called one of Frankie’s bandmates and Muniz was taken to the hospital. The actor was released later that same night, indicatingÃ‚Â that child actors should wear some sort of ear tag or radio collar so doctors know not to immediately release them back in the wild.
When Muniz returned home, Turnbow claimed he “punched her in the back of the head, and threw her into a wall while in the downstairs bedroom.” While Elycia said Frankie hit her after an argument about “prior relationships,” Muniz says it was she who instigated the fight “by Elycia yelling at him and hitting him in the face.” As for threatening to end his life, the actor told police, “I grabbed the case, but not the gun … it isn’t even loaded.” The fact that the police then went back to their house and found the gun loaded should be a surprise to absolutely no one.
Now, contrary to both Frankie and Elycia’s comments on the night of the incident, Muniz’s rep denies the fight took place. “The police were called to the residence,” Muniz’s rep said this afternoon. “A gun played no part in the argument and was voluntarily given to the police for safekeeping.Ã‚Â There were no bruises and neither left the residence. He was not suicidal.Ã‚Â She was not assaulted.” Despite what sounded like an unpleasant weekend, Muniz tweeted about Elycia yesterday, announcing, “The table all set for Valentine’s Day dinnerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I love @elyciamarie.” Here’s hoping the couple immediately break-up or proceed to counseling; no amount of adorable Valentine’s Day surprises are going to replace good old fashion psychological therapy.