"Malcolm in the Middle" is an American sitcom, that tells the story of the extremely intelligent teenage-boy "Malcolm" and his wacky family. The cult show ran on FOX for a total of seven seasons from 2000 to 2006.
Frankie Muniz played the main character "Malcolm", who is also the show’s narrator. He has an IQ of 165 and often uses his wits to bail out his brothers, friends and from time to time even his parents.
Frankie (now 32) has been retired from acting for a while. The last time he was seen on TV was when he had a cameo s himself in the second season of the comedy ”Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23”. These days, he focuses on his two major passions: music and driving race cars.
Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston played "Malcolm's" parents "Lois" and "Hal". The couple was constantly struggling to keep their five sons under control and to make ends meet.
Although she was fabulous portraying "Malcolm's" stressed out mother, Jane Kaczmarek (now 62) wasn't as successful as her TV husband Bryan Cranston. She only played minor roles, for example in "Us & Them", but is beloved by “The Simpsons” fans for lending her voice to "Judge Constance Harm".
After "Malcolm in the Middle" Bryan Cranston (now 62) had a couple of smaller parts. But in 2008, the series "Breaking Bad" helped to boost his success and made him and his incredible acting skills world famous. For playing "Walther White" in "Breaking Bad" he won four Emmys and three Golden Globes. He recently appeared on the Amazon series “Sneaky Pete”.
Justin Berfield played "Malcolm's" older brother, "Reese", who really is the opposite of “Malcolm”. “Reese” isn't very bright and gets himself into trouble again and again due to his constantly foolish behavior.
These days, Justin (now 32) doesn’t work in front of the camera anymore but rather focuses on what goes on behind the scenes. He works a producer and even hast directed some of his own film projects.
Christopher Masterson played "Malcolm's" oldest brother "Francis", who was sent to military school by his parents. From afar though, he still helps out his brothers in their struggles against their parents. Fun fact: Christopher ist the younger brother of Danny Masterson, star of “That 70s Show” and “The Ranch”
Following "Malcolm in the Middle" Christopher (now 38) could only be seen in some guest roles in various television series, but is now filming "Bad Roomies".
For a couple of episodes, Hayden Panettiere played the role of "Jessica”, who is hired to babysit “Malcolm” and his brothers, and later ends up living on their couch temporarily after her dad is arrested.
After “Malcolm in the Middle” she had her big breakthrough from 2006 to 2010 with the NBC show “Heroes” and became a TV superstar with the ABC musical drama “Nashville”, which ran from 2012 to 2016.The beautiful actress (28) is engaged to the professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko (42). They have a daughter, who was born in 2014.
Erik Per Sullivan portrayed "Malcolm's" little brother "Dewey", who is also highly gifted but due to a misunderstanding ist put in the class for slow learners. “Dewey” remains in the class and serves as their self-appointed teacher.
After his role on “Malcolm in the Middle”, Erik worked on a couple of smaller projects and lend his voice to the character of the seahorse “Sheldon” on Pixar’s “Finding Nemo”. He also was the voice of “Mino” on “Arthur and the Invisibles” in 2006. By now, Erik (now 26) has withdrawn completely from acting and attended college in California.