Eddie SteeplesEddie Steeples began studying acting at the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. By the mid-1990s Steeples had moved to New York City where he joined an avant-garde hip-hop group, No Surrender, as well as an experimental movie outfit called Mo-Freek, helmed by director Kevin Ford. He has played leading roles in several of Ford’s independent features such as Caravan Summer and People Are Dead, co-starring Angela Bettis, Mia Tyler and Cinque Lee. While in New York, Steeples got behind the camera shooting for various Mo-Freek productions, as well as becoming a cameraman for the Sony Music Choices show Street Team TV, where he filmed various artists such as Jermaine Dupri, Nas and the Ataris. Steeples also appeared in the political documentary Amadou, inspired by the Amadou Diallo police protest that swept Manhattan in 1999.
Steeples’ versatility as an actor has allowed him to play a number of interesting roles, including "Darnell" on the hit comedy series My Name Is Earl. He originally flexed his comedic skills as the Rubberband Man in the Emmy®-nominated Office Max commercials, for which he landed a spot as one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men of the Year, and on the groundbreaking The Chris Rock Show. He played a dramatic lead in the award-winning short film Whoa, which premiered at Sundance, and received considerable attention for his role of "Rasan" in the Warner Bros. action movie Torque with Ice Cube, Faizon Love and Jaime Pressly (his Earl co-star).
Steeples starred in Lion’s Gate’s critically acclaimed film Akeelah and the Bee, with Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, and another Ford film, Lost in the Bush. He can also add producer of the award-winning short film In Time, which competed at Sundance in 2005, to his growing "behind-the-camera" credits.
Steeples continues to be a member of the group No Surrender, mixing influences from rock, hip-hop and soul.