Long interested in an acting career, Eddie Steeples studied theater at the St. Louis Repertory and moved to New York in the mid-1990s. There he joined an experimental film group, Mo-Freek, and a hip hop group, No Surrender. He was born on November 25, 1973 in Texas. Steeples became nationally known when he was cast as the "Rubberband Man" in a series of award-winning commercials for OfficeMax, and his performance in those commercials led him to be named one of the "World's Sexiest Men" of 2004 by People magazine.
Eddie Steeples has starred in several productions of Mo-Freek during the course of his career. He was seen in Lost in the Bush, Caravan Summer, and People Are Dead. In 2001, Steeples landed a part on the short film Whoa, enabling him to work with Anslem Richardson and Marcuis Harris. He later worked on the direct-to-video movie Lovindapocalypse 2, a drama written and directed by Kevin Ford. Steeples was next seen on the feature film Torque, starring Ice Cube, Faison Love, and Jaime Pressly. His next project became portraying Darnell "Crab Man" Turner on the hit NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl. In 2005, Steeples got a role in the horror film The Lost and was later credited for his work as writer, director and star on the crime comedy The Best of Robbers. The next year, he appeared in the independent feature Wristcutters: A Love Story, which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards in 2007. Steeples later appeared in the movie Akeelah and the Bee, starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. He next played a detective in Roman and another Mo-Freek production titled When Is Tomorrow. Steeples co-wrote and co-produced it, together with Kevin Ford. In 2007, he was cast in the crime thriller I Know Who Killed Me, starring Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormond and Neal McDonough. Steeples has also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, as well as an episode of NBC News Today.