David Anthony Higgins

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David Anthony Higgins
Born (1961-12-09) December 9, 1961 (age 59)
  • Actor
  • writer
  • producer
Years active1987–present
(m. 2000)
Relatives Steve Higgins (brother)
Alan J. Higgins (brother)

David Anthony Higgins (born December 9, 1961) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles as Craig Feldspar on Malcolm in the Middle , Joe on Ellen , and Reginald Bitters on Big Time Rush . He also had a recurring role as Harry on the television series Mike & Molly .


Early life and education

Higgins was born on December 9, 1961, in Des Moines, Iowa, one of five children (including brothers Steve and Alan) of Marian Higgins (née Coppola; 1932–2011) and Harold Higgins, the latter of whom was a janitor at West Des Moines schools. [1] After receiving encouragement from a fourth-grade teacher, he won a scholarship to the Des Moines Playhouse and performed in several summer operettas. He was raised in Des Moines and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1980. [1] He attended the University of Iowa, where he studied liberal arts until he realized he wanted to pursue a career in entertainment.


Higgins, along with his brother Steve and Dave Gruber Allen, performed in a comedy troupe, Don't Quit Your Day Job, [2] and performed at notable places, including Des Moines' Hotel Kirkwood. [3] Eventually they toured in other states, including California, and were so well received [4] that they were offered their own show, The Higgins Boys and Gruber , on HBO's The Comedy Channel in 1989. After the show ended in 1991, they each pursued separate careers in comedy. [1] [5]

Higgins received his big break when cast as outspoken barista Joe in the sitcom Ellen in 1994. [6] In 1997, he appeared in the Dave Foley film The Wrong Guy , which he also co-wrote with Foley and The Simpsons writer Jay Kogen.

Higgins is perhaps most well recognized for his roles as Craig Feldspar in Malcolm in the Middle and Mr. Bitters in Big Time Rush . He also guest starred on Nickelodeon's True Jackson, VP as Dave. He later appeared in three episodes of American Horror Story: Murder House as minor character Stan. He began a recurring role as Harry in season two of the CBS series Mike & Molly , and was eventually upgraded to a series regular in season three.

Personal life

In 2000, he married his wife Julia, and they have two children. They live in Studio City, California. [1] In 2004, Higgins was featured in a Hollywood edition of the Discovery Channel series Body Challenge , where he worked with a personal trainer. [7] [8] He is a fan of Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton. [1]



1987 Hiding Out Studentas David Higgins
1988 Tapeheads Visual Aplombas Dave Higgins
1995 Coldblooded Lance
1995 Payback Jim Koval
1996The Moravian MassacreWilliam IrvineDocumentary film
1997 The Wrong Guy Detective Arlenalso executive producer and writer
1998 Snake Eyes Ned Campbell
2004Three Blind MiceBruce Atkins / DMV ManagerShort film
2005The PaperboyEvil Project Manager #2Short film; as David Higgins
2006Venti ViceChip HouseShort film; as David Higgins
2007The Mediocre SamartanRichard Paul RisvoldShort film
2007When You Wish Upon a FishShannonShort film; as David Higgins
2008 The Great Buck Howard Mark Simpsonas David Higgins
2010 Miss Nobody Morty
2014 State of Bacon Bacon Dreamer


1989–1991 The Higgins Boys and Gruber SelfAired on The Comedy Channel, HBO's precursor to Comedy Central
1990After the ShockLieutenant Rich AllenTelevision film
1994–1998 Ellen Joe FarrellMain role; 102 episodes
1994 Trashed Shane Gray
1995–1998 NewsRadio Manager / SantaGuest role; 3 episodes
1996 Malcolm & Eddie Bill FontaineEpisode: "Pilot"
1998 The Pretender KidnapperEpisode: "Stolen"; as Dave Higgins
1998 The Army Show Master Sgt. Dave HopkinsMain role; 13 episodes
1999 Judging Amy Detective Bob RedlichEpisode: "Last Tango in Hartford"
2000–2006 Malcolm in the Middle Craig FeldsparRecurring role; 39 episodes
2003 My Wife and Kids Alexander BurnsEpisode: "Graduation: Part 1"
2006MisconceptionsRecurring role; 4 episodes, as Dave Higgins
2006Help Me Help YouDr. Al "Big Beat" HigginsGuest role; 2 episodes
2006American MenTylerTelevision film
2007Big DayFrancisGuest role; 2 episodes
2008OutsourcedRonnyUnaired Pilot
2008 True Jackson, VP DaveEpisode: "Ryan on Wheels"
2009 In the Motherhood IcemanEpisode: "Bully"
2009–2013 Big Time Rush Reginald BittersRecurring role; 41 episodes
2011The Council of DadsTroupe LeaderTelevision film
2011–2016 Mike & Molly HarryRecurring role; 25 episodes
2011 Last Man Standing Bill CalhounEpisode: "Last Halloween Standing"
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House StanGuest role; 3 episodes
2012 Californication JohnEpisode: "JFK to LAX"
2013 Wendell & Vinnie RayEpisode: "Baseball and Bad Dates"
2014–2015International Ghost InvestigatorsDaveMain role; 11 episodes, also writer and creator
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! JanitorEpisode: "Mark Duplass Wears a Striped Sweater and Jeans"
2017 Mom GeorgeEpisode: "Lockjaw and a Liquid Diet"
2017 School of Rock GoochEpisode: "Leader of the Band"
2017 Stan Against Evil SheriffEpisode: "Curse of the Werepony"
2020–present B Positive Jerry PlattRecurring role (season 1); Main role (season 2)

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