After suffering from multiple mini-strokes and concussions, it has been reported that Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz has suffered from severe memory loss- so much so that he doesn’t even remember being the lead actor in the popular 00’s sitcom.
Muniz, 31, is currently a contestant on the dance game show Dancing with the Stars, and he revealed his current medical situation during a segment on the show on Monday night.
“I’m not actually sure how my memory loss started,” he said. “I have had nine concussions and I’ve had a fair amount of mini-strokes.”
His memory loss has gotten so severe that his girlfriend Paige Price put together a journal for him that can be used to remind him of his day-to-day activities. Muniz also relies heavily on pictures and video footage to remember his childhood days.
Even though Muniz is experiencing such a high level of memory loss, he states that he never sought out medical attention for the matter. “I’ve never been to the doctor and been like, you know, ‘Why don’t I have a memory?’ To be honest, I’ve never really talked about it,” he said.
Muniz was just 26 years old when he suffered his first mini-stroke in 2012. Then, a year later, he had another mini-stroke.
Mini-strokes are generally non-series, and many don’t seek medical attention after having one. They usually last a few minutes and don’t cause any permanent brain damage. Symptoms following a mini-stroke are generally so mild that nothing even comes up on a scan. However, after suffering so many mini-strokes and concussions, Muniz was bound to face some lasting medical issues.
Dr. Lee Schwamm spoke to Daily Mail about Frankie Muniz’s health condition. He believes that Muniz’s memory loss is primarily a fault of the nine concussions he’s experienced, saying, “Concussions tend to produce symptoms that increase over time. If you presented this case to me, I would be looking more at the concussion than the stroke as an explanation.”
Muniz continues in the Dancing with the Stars video to describe how he feels about not being able to remember his childhood experiences and time spent on Malcolm in the Middle: “It makes me a little sad. Things pop back into my mind that I should have remembered. I love to be able to look back. It makes make a little sad that it doesn’t just pop back into my mind. Like, I should have remembered going to Australia. That’s something that people remember.”
Bryan Cranston, who played Muniz’s father in Malcolm in the Middle, also appeared in the DWTS segment and said he gave Muniz the following 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’.”
Muniz’s concussions can be linked to his semi-professional race car driving career, but he doesn’t regret a thing: “I’m happy with my acting career, I’m happy the decision I made to drive race cars and to focus on music. Even if I don’t remember it all, I’m happy.”