Frankie Muniz is sitting on a $40 million retirement fund


A lot of you yelled at me on Sunday when I wrote about Shia LaBeouf picking a fight with “poor Frankie Muniz”. I thought Frankie was still out there, hustling and trying to an actor, but many of you had kept up with Muniz news (are you Munizlooney?) and educated us all on how Frankie is no longer in the game, having made smart business decisions when he was a teenager. Well, Frankie wants to reiterate the point to his fans, taking someone to task on his Twitter page:


[From Frankie’s Twitter via Buzzfeed]

FORTY MILLION?!? Jesus. I guess Malcolm In the Middle did better than a thought. And Cody Banks. And Frankie must have one hell of a broker. Who retires at 19 years old?!? If that wasn’t enough, Frankie taunted us later with this:


[From Frankie’s Twitter]

Yeah. Frankie, you might have more money than I’ll ever see, but you’re still too short to make it as anything other than a eccentric, barely-working character actor. *rimshot*

Thanks to Dlisted for the tip!


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  1. SolitaryAngel says:

    At least Shia has HAIR…. 0_o

  2. LB says:

    I know a lot of people are on his side in this random feud with Shia but I still think Muniz is the bigger jerk. Shia needs to let it go but I can only imagine what an ass Muniz was to him. He was a huge brat while he was acting (this was not a secret in the industry) which is why he never really got too many interesting roles. For all the idiotic things Shia says and does, at least he can actually act and continues to be in decent demand.

  3. tango says:

    I don’t think Frankie was that ambitious as an adult in regards to an acting career. Maybe he understood his limitations and gracefully withdrew rather then trying to force himself to be anything other than an “eccentric barely working character actor”. At least he didn’t make stink bomb after stink bomb movie that was just a play on the characters he became famous for (hello Jenn Anniston and Ashton Kutcher) so I cut him some slack.

    Earning $40 million by the age of 19 sounds pretty successful to me. Short or not. I call it using what gifts and talents you do have to your best advantage.

  4. rightgrrl says:

    this guy is proof that even the cutest of child stars can grow up to be, um, “interesting” looking adults…

  5. Ursaline says:

    He reminds me of Joe Pantoliano. Except we know that Joe works constantly and does all kinds of roles.

  6. Squirtle says:

    I don’t think he’s a terrible actor…in fact Malcom in the Middle is one of the best shows! One of my favorites & totally underrated! Shia is a freak! Team Frankie!!

  7. Nanea says:

    What a great person this Muniz guy is! To brag about money on Twitter! Shows he got more money than brains.

  8. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Whatever… blah blah blah..

  9. EllenP says:

    Every morning before I go to work, I watach two episodes of Malcolm in the Middle on FX–and I still laugh despite having seen each episode countless times. This week I’m suffering because DISH is not playing ball with FX and has deleted its programming. Can’t wait to get away from DISH.

  10. Kitten says:

    Haaaa! He might be a d-nozzle but that was a pretty funny response to that “fan”.

  11. Eileen says:

    @rightgrrl my thoughts exactly! lol

  12. Dizzybenny says:

    I say good for him!! we get so many Lohan type stories of youth wasting money on drugs and parties.
    He may be ”wasting” money on cars but at least he’s healthy,he’s following a passion to be a race car driver(it’s a good thing to be short if you want to be a race car driver).Plus he’s responding to some *sshole nagging him about his acting chops.Team Muniz!

  13. Riley says:

    Yeah, I mean, now I kind of don’t think Shia was such a douche for messin’ with Frankie (but I do think Shia is an idiot. A cute idiot, but still).

  14. minguisa says:

    Gosh Kaiser, who put tacks in your cheerios? Between Britany, wee Cyrus and now this guy, you are on a PH style roll. He could always forgo acting and go the Ron Howard route, no?

  15. Scarlet Vixen says:

    Sorry, but now whenever I hear Shia’s name I think of the word “eppi-tome” and how he thought he was so smart for using such a big boy word in an interview. LoL Sounds like neither of them is particularly bright…

  16. danielle says:

    Yeah, I was Team Frankie. I think I just switched to Team Shia.

  17. Liana says:

    Frankie’s not really retired. He’s been trying to get back in the game for years. He actually has two films coming out in the next year or so.

  18. michael says:

    he is such an ugly mongrel.

  19. fabulous says:

    Just goes to show that money can’t buy class. Really bad hair cut and terrible shirt n tie combo. Amazing eyes though.

  20. Squirtle says:

    Some guy was harping on him why can’t he defend himself? I know if I made millions and someone was talking shit to me just because I had money and they didn’t I would stick my tongue out and say “Neener-neener-neener!” like a 8 year old..cause if you’re a millionaire you can do stuff like that!! Sheesh everyone is so judgy lately!

  21. BlondeParamedic says:

    Anyone who feels the need to brag on Twitter about how much money they have is a huge douche in my eyes, and not much else.

  22. Annicka says:

    He might have $40 million but he’s coming across as an insufferable ass. Hope your money keeps you warm at night, douchebag.

    btw, why not invest some of those millions in hair plugs?

  23. LindyLou says:

    Look out Frankie – the gold diggin ho’s are gonna come get ya after that tweet!!

  24. hatuh says:

    Wouldn’t he also get royalties for “Malcom”? Dang, even without the $40 mil he’d be set for life.

  25. Shy says:

    Happy unretirement Frankie. Good luck with your straight to DVD/Tv movies 🙂

  26. Maritza says:

    Well at least he hasn’t taken the wrong path by doing drugs and fighting with the paparazzi or stuff like that. Good for him, I hope he invests wisely because money can vanish very easily.

  27. Chris J says:

    Forty million and he can’t afford some Rogaine?

  28. Jnet says:

    people who have lots of money usually dont brag about it…

  29. Wiley says:

    Looks like he riled a lot of you with his money! If it had been Britney or Miley with that comeback you would all be cheering but, then, neither of them have any talent either. Go figure.

  30. texasmom says:

    Love Malcolm, but he does seem insufferable, and he did turn out odd-looking.

  31. Dannnii says:

    People got to lay off this guy. Most child actors are not brilliant in their craft. He knew when to quit. Now he is probably living the life he didn’t have as a teen.

  32. willow says:

    you know…$40 million on paper (e.g. stocks, bonds, etc.) doesn’t exactly equal $40 million in one’s hands Frankie…as a lot of us (with a lot less invested) realize. Bet my quarter is just as shiny as his at the end of the day.

  33. AMS511 says:

    ha oook how is there even a frankie/shia feud?

    where are the t-shirts?!?!?!

  34. finks says:

    he’s great!!!!!!!!!

    nice guy pumping water in his fundament

  35. Marie says:

    forty millions and he can’t afford a decent hair cut?? tsk tsk

  36. Az says:

    Ugh talking about his money like that is beyond tacky. What a douche.

  37. Taurus says:

    He was so cute when the show first came out, now, no comment. I wonder what Reese is up to. He was always a little stud.


  38. lucy2 says:

    Good for him for doing things right and being set for life. But even more kudos to his parents and management too. He should be thanking his lucky stars he wasn’t born a Lohan.

    Bad for him for engaging with morons on Twitter and for bragging. Tacky.

    A feud between Shia LaBeouf and Frankie Munez? No winners in that bunch!

  39. Dingles says:

    *Someone’s* a wee bit defensive…

  40. flourpot says:

    Be willing to wager that Frankie and Shia are quietly friendly. Frankie wants back in the game, how best to do it? Twitter war or Pap’s shoutouts, calling each other names. There ya go, bud. Free publicity, says Shia. Hey thanks man, says Frankie. Fist bump. heh. Never do know.

  41. Chris says:

    Run for President Frankie: time and money is on your side, as an actor you’re already a convincing liar and apparently you have business savvy.

  42. truthzbetta says:

    Seriously, that is pretty good. 40 million in the bank, no need to work, and he knew he wasn’t going to be in demand as an adult.

    And he never tarted it up like they make the female child stars do. Not on drugs, not out desperately looking for attention, not out telling everyone how to live and vote when he doesn’t have an education or schooling in reality.

    As far as celebs go, just twittering your success so people quit calling you a has been isn’t too bad. Team Short Stuff.

  43. Zoe says:

    He’s exaggerating, obviously. If you know anything about TV salaries and the low income his few films pulled in, there’s no way he’s sitting on $40 million. I’ll believe he still has millions in the bank, but certainly not that figure.

  44. Justez says:

    I don’t think he was bragging, he was just defending himself. I mean who here hasn’t resorted to slightly childish levels when defending themselves.. especially when they insult something near and dear to you which acting probably is for him…

  45. Kat says:

    It’s so declassé to discuss (or in this case, brag) about how much $ you have. Nothing screams “nouveau riche” quicker.

  46. BohemianPrincesse says:

    He is really coming off as an arrogant prig here. Apparently he can’t take any little ding to his ego.

  47. nickynoneck says:

    frankie’s the man your telling me if anyone said that to you , you wouldnt say that ? c’mon guys .

  48. KIMBERLY says:

    he may be rich, but bitterness is ugly

  49. Emily says:

    Proof that money doesn’t buy class.

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