television series that ran from 2000 through 2006, and it featured the inner workings of a family with four off-beat children and their often overwrought parents. Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) was the title character in the show and was supposed to be a "genius." Here's a look at how each of the six primary characters have fared since the end of the show. Interesting fact: writer Linwood Boomer never gave the family a last name because he wanted to avoid labeling them as belonging to any particular ethnic group.
He breathed life and originality into the role of Malcolm, but he has struggled to find the right vehicle since the show went off the air. Muniz played the role of Buddy Holly in "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story". That movie was written by Judd Apatow and had John C. Reilly as the movie's star. Muniz has also been in "Extreme Movie" and "Pizza Man", but has been having a hard time breaking away from the Malcolm character.
Kaczmarek played Lois, who was the only one in the family who could argue logically with Malcolm and find a way to win. She was the glue to the family and she could turn into a tiger if she felt things were going against her. Kaczmarek is an underrated actress who gets regular work on television. She has been in series like "Raising The Bar", "Wilfred" and "Whitney". She has done the voice of Judge Constance Harm on "The Simpsons" and continues to be consistent in every series she does.
He played Hal, the beleaguered father of the family and he often checked out and left the hard decisions to Lois. He was primarily the "fun dad" but would occasionally discipline the kids. Cranston has had no shortage of work since the end of the series. He has been in several TV series including, "How I Met Your Mother", "Breaking Bad" and "Robot Chicken". He is also slated to be in three movies that will be released in 2012.
He played Reese, Malcolm's often obnoxious older brother who lived at home. Reese was stronger and more physical than Malcolm, but his character was intellectually challenged by most everyday occurrences. Berfield has basically left the business since the end of Malcolm, appearing in one episode of the "Sons of Tucson" TV series in 2010.
Masterson played Francis, the oldest child in the family who was sent to military school by Hal and Lois because he got into so much trouble. Masterson has been in the TV series "White Collar" and movies like "Made For Each Other" and "Impulse" since the end of Malcolm. Masterson has also been involved in the poker craze as he is an investor in "Card Player" magazine.
Erik Per Sullivan
Dewey was the youngest member of Malcolm's family and Sullivan mastered the role of the victimized youngest sibling. He had the ability to manipulate everyone in the family. Sullivan voiced the role of Baby Bug in the cartoon movie "Arthur and the Invisibles" and has also been in lesser-known films "Mo" and "Twelve" most recently. You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Sullivan is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.