David Gruber "Dave" Allen is an American actor and comedian who has been credited in many movies and television roles.

He plays Mr. Candle in Star vs. the Forces of Evil.


Allen is known for his work on the 1990 TV series Higgins Boys and Gruber and playing guidance counselor Jeff Rosso on the Judd Apatow-produced comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks. He also played Mr. Kwest on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, and had a minor role in the 2016 film Ghostbusters.

Allen is best known for playing the "Naked Trucker" - a character that first appeared as part of the sketch comedy show Two-Headed Dog. In 1998, Allen began to appear as the Naked Trucker as a solo act, opening for Tenacious D, Wikipedia:Jon Brion, and others. The act was an instant success and soon expanded to include David Koechner as "T-Bones". Allen and Koechner starred in The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show on Comedy Central, which was picked up for 8 episodes.

Allen also made an appearance as Mr. Woodward on the television show Malcolm in the Middle. In addition, Allen frequently plays the character "Todd Carlin", a hippie and fictional relative of George Carlin.

Allen has provided multiple voiceovers, such as to the animated series King of the Hill and the TV short Moobeard the Cow Pirate. Later on, Allen played several different characters in NBC's Newsradio and appeared as night school teacher "Randy" in the eighth season of Frasier. In 2006, Allen appeared in the Stan and Lois sketch on Norm Macdonald's comedy album Ridiculous.

In 2011, Allen had a small role in the movie Bad Teacher. Allen also provided the voice of Frostferatu in Cartoon Network's Mighty Magiswords, created by MooBeard the Cow Pirate creator Kyle A. Carrozza.

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