‘Malcolm in the Middle’ remains one of the most beloved sitcoms of all-time. The hit FOX show premiered 21 years ago today. Take a look at the cast then and now.
Malcolm in the Middle was an instant hit when it premiered on Jan. 9, 2000. The critically-acclaimed FOX show was one of the highest-rated sitcoms of the 2000s as fans tuned in weekly to see all the crazy shenanigans the Wilkersons got into. The series came to an end in 2006 after a whopping 151 episodes.
The series centered around Malcolm and his family, which included his parents Hal and Lois, as well as his 3 siblings. A fourth sibling was born in season 4. The cast has remained close over the years, and star Bryan Cranston was open to a revival in 2016. “There’s a possibility we want to start talking about the possibility of putting together a story that makes sense about that family 10 years or 12 years later,” he told E! News. Take a stroll down memory lane and find out what the Malcolm in the Middle family is up to now.
Frankie Muniz, 35, began playing the title character in Malcolm in the Middle at just 14 years old. Malcolm was one of Lois and Hal’s kids in the hit FOX series. Malcolm was a genius with a photographic memory. Frankie’s performance earned him an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations.
During Malcolm in the Middle’s 7-season run, Frankie starred in movies like Big Fat Liar, Agent Cody Banks, and Racing Stripes. He also notably voiced the role of Chester McBadbat in The Fairly Oddparents and guest-starred in an episode of Lizzie McGuire in 2002.
Frankie would take a step back from acting to explore an open-wheel racing career in 2008. He was also a drummer in the band Kingsfoil from 2012 to 2014. Frankie was one of the celebrity contestants of Dancing With the Stars season 25. He came in third place. He went on to co-host Dancing With the Stars Juniors with Jordan Fisher in 2018.
The actor and longtime love Paige Price announced their engagement in 2018. They married in Feb. 2020. They are currently expecting their first child, a boy, in March 2021.
Bryan Cranston, 64, played Hal, the patriarch of Malcolm in the Middle. Following the show’s end in 2006, Bryan went on to nab his most memorable role to date, playing Walter White in the AMC series Breaking Bad. He was awarded 4 Emmys for his performance in the drama series.
He has also starred in movies like Argo, The Upside, Little Miss Sunshine, and Isle of Dogs. He earned an Oscar nomination for portraying screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo in the 2015 film Trumbo.
Bryan is an acclaimed stage actor as well. He won his first Tony Award for playing former President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way in 2014. He reprised the role in the 2016 HBO film. He won a second Tony for his performance in Network. The actor is currently starring in and executive producing the Showtime limited series, Your Honor.
Jane Kaczmarek, 65, starred as Lois, Malcolm’s mother, in the FOX sitcom. She received 7 consecutive Emmy nominations for her role in Malcolm in the Middle. She also earned 3 Golden Globe nominations.
Since Malcolm in the Middle ended, Jane has appeared in shows like Law & Order: SVU, The Big Bang Theory, Carol’s Second Act, and This Is Us. She also had roles in films such as CHiPs and 6 Balloons. She guest-starred in an episode of the TV show mixed-ish in 2019.
Jane split from actor Bradley Whitford in 2009 after 17 years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized in 2010. They have three kids together.
Christopher Kennedy Masterson
Christopher Kennedy Masterson, 40, played Francis, Hal and Lois’ oldest son. Following the show’s end in 2006, Christopher appeared in several films and guest-starred on shows such as White Collar, Men at Work, and Haven. His last TV and film projects were in 2014. Christopher is now a DJ.
Christopher is also the younger brother of That ’70s Show star Danny Masterson. His half-siblings are Alanna and Jordan Masterson. He dated That ’70s Show star Laura Prepon from 1999 to 2007. Christopher is now married to actress Yolanda Pecoraro. They are expecting a child together.
Justin Berfield, 34, played Reese, Malcolm’s older brother. His post-Malcolm in the Middle career has transitioned to more behind-the-scenes work. He notably produced the films Romance and Cigarettes and Blonde Ambition.
Justin is the Chief Creative Officer of Virgin Produced, the film, television, and entertainment division of the British Virgin Group. Virgin Produced was launched in 2010. According to Justin’s Instagram, he is now the father of a baby girl.
Erik Per Sullivan
Erik Per Sullivan, 29, starred as Dewey for all of Malcolm in the Middle’s 151 episodes. Dewey was Malcolm’s younger brother. Erik’s last acting credit was the movie Twelve in 2010. He appears to have retired from acting.