Lots of actors appear in commercials before becoming famous. But few become
famous by appearing in a commercial. Though he'd starred in several indies during the 1990s, Steeples made his first big impression as the "Rubberband Man" in a series of spots for OfficeMax in 2004. (He was so popular, the company created a Web site for the character.) His infectious energy and striking looks helped him land a supporting role on the offbeat sitcom My Name Is Earl
the next year. A passionate musician, Steeples performs as a solo act and with the hip-hop outfit No Surrender.Eddie Steeples Fast Facts:
- After moving to New York City in the mid-1990s, starred in several indie movies directed by Kevin Ford of Mo-Freek Filmworks and joined the hip-hop group No Surrender.
- Worked with My Name Is Earl costar Jaime Pressly in the 2004 movie Torque.
- Named one of People's Sexiest Men of 2004.
- Was vacationing in Thailand when the December 2004 tsunami hit.
- Pays homage to his role as the "Rubberband Man" in the OfficeMax commercials in the My Name Is Earl episode "Stole P's HD Cart," which aired on January 19, 2006.
- Wrote, produced and stars in the indie The Best of Robbers in 2006.
- Eddie Steeples Awards:
- 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee