There are plenty of television characters that will be remembered forever, even though they weren’t really the star of the show. One that quickly comes to mind is “Dewey”, the little brother from the hit family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, played by Erik Per Sullivan.

The show became a great success on television when it aired, and several of the main cast got their big breakthroughs.

But what happened to Erik Per Sullivan after the show? This is what he looks like today, age 30.

It’s been more than 21 years since Malcolm in the Middle premiered on Fox. The series broke new ground, and helped the network shape a new format as to how Hollywood made sitcoms.

Many of the cast members got their big breakthroughs with the show, including the then-unknown Frankie Muniz, who starred as Malcolm, as well as Bryan Cranston, who starred as father Hal Wilkerson.

In the beginning, Malcolm in the Middle wasn’t destined for huge things. In fact, the studios, as well as the network, were pretty much convinced that it was going to be a big flop.

But some disagreed, including Fox president Doug Herzog, who loved it.

The series, created by Linwood Boomer, was something completely new, and Herzog was ready to gamble on it. With that said, he made sure to spend huge amounts of money to market the series the best way he could months before it aired for the first time.

The series revolved around 14-year old Malcolm, the third of four boys in the family. In the show’s pilot, it’s explained that he has an IQ of 165, and is being sent to a class for “gifted” students. However, once there, he is surrounded by people who can only be described as social misfits.

Creator Linwood Boomer’s childhood was the inspiration for the show.

“I was in the middle,” Boomer told the Los Angeles Times. “We were rotten kids. After my mom saw the pilot her main comment was, ‘I’m not going to tell you [what] your IQ was, but it sure heck wasn’t 165.’”

Besides Malcolm, the series also involved the brothers Francis (Christopher Kennedy Masterson), who’s in military school, his next-oldest brother, Reese (Justin Berfield), and youngest brother Dewey (played by Erik Per Sullivan).

Dewey was described as “trapped somewhere between toddler and hamster,” and throughout the series, he would go on to become a very popular character.

Since Fox president Doug Herzog spent plenty of money marketing the show, its ratings for the first episode were amazing. More than 23 million viewers tuned in to watch the sitcom, and more success would follow.

Malcolm in the Middle ran for a total of seven seasons, and consisted of 151 episodes between 2000 and 2006. It became one of the highest-rated sitcoms of the 2000s, with an average of 15 million viewers each episode. It even got to the point that the show got its own video game!

Malcolm in the Middle received seven Golden Globe nominations and 33 Emmy nominations, winning seven of them. It also launched the careers of several members of the main cast.

As mentioned, several cast members got their big breakthroughs on Malcolm in the Middle. But at the same time as some of them went on to conquer the world, others disappeared when the show got canceled.

One of the most memorable characters on Malcolm in the Middle was Malcom’s little brother Dewey, played by Erik Per Sullivan. Upon the show’s ending, things got pretty quiet regarding him.

So what did he do after the show? Here’s what you need to know!

Malcolm was the true genius of the family. However, Dewey also had many talents, including singing and even playing the piano.

He oftentimes fell victim to his siblings’ pranks, but there were occasions where Dewey was actually the character who stole the spotlight, giving Erik Per Sullivan many scenes to showcase what a talented child actor he really was.

“It really did feel like a family, especially with us kids [Justin Berfield as Reece, Erik Per Sullivan as Dewey,]” Frankie Muniz said during an interview with the Independent.

“We spent more time together than we did with our real families.”

He added: “We’d be outside playing kick ball and sports and we’d be arguing, fighting, bickering and playing pranks on each other just like brothers would.

“So in that sense you really do become like a family.”

Erik Per Sullivan starred in all 151 episodes of Malcolm in the Middle. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 12, 1991, he was only 9 years of age when he landed the role of Dewey in the hit family sitcom.

At the same time as Erik became very famous, it was also tough. The series was mostly shot in and around the Los Angeles area, so he was a long way from home.

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