Frankie Muniz on His Intense Struggle with Memory Loss & What He Can’t Remember from Malcolm in the Middle

Former child star Frankie Muniz shocked “Dancing with the Stars” viewers on Monday night’s show by revealing for the first time he has suffered severe memory loss.

The 31-year-old actor confided on camera that he’s suffered nine concussions and several “mini-strokes” and the effects have been so bad that he can’t even remember being on his hit sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.”

In a pre-taped package for the Most Memorable Year night, Muniz, 31, touched on his many health issues and how they may have led to problems with his longterm memory.

Speaking to PEOPLE after his performance with pro Witney Carson, which earned him a 24 out of 30, Muniz revealed his memory loss wasn’t always something he was comfortable discussing.

“It’s something that I never really wanted to talk about, because I’m just me and this is my life,” he said. “But we were talking about Malcolm [in the Middle] and how it started, and I don’t really have memories of being on the show.”

Muniz said his memory loss is “a weird thing” that has happened “over the last ten years.”

“My mom was with me while I was doing ‘Malcolm’ and stuff, she’ll bring up things or trips we went on or big events that you would think I’d remember –and it’s a new story to me,” he said.

Muniz, who suffered a serious car crash in 2009 while competing as a professional race-car driver, has also endured several concussions — but he says his health battle doesn’t affect his desire to work in Hollywood “at all.”

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