With his wild hair and affable demeanor, Eddie Steeples first made an impact as the "Rubber Band Man," the happy, dancing office supply delivery guy in the Office Max commercials, for which he receive...
There have been countless spin offs of TV shows. Most fall by the wayside very fast (Joey) while others endure. Here's six of them that managed to climb to the top of the heap and stay there.
Who would have thought a stuffy psychiatrist could have his own hit show? What, you were waiting for Woody? Kelsey Grammer took a character that was often not-liked on Cheers and made him a loveable neurotic mess with an equally neurotic brother. David Hyde-Pierce was a master of physical comedy and John Mahoney was perfect casting for the Crane brothers' father. Of course, we can't forget Eddie the Dog.
The Facts of Life
Whatchoo Talking 'Bout, Willis? A show with a housekeeper from Diff'rent Strokes and a bunch of schoolgirls SUCCESSFUL? It lasted longer than many people thought it would and one of the reasons was an incredibly catchy theme song. C'mon.. I know you're singing it now. Also, bet you forgot that such stars-in-waiting like Helen Hunt an George Clooney appeared on the show.
People forget that the Winslow mother was the elevator operator on Perfect Strangers. Steve Urkel came later...snort snort. Actually, Urkel was supposed to be a short time guest star, but for some reason, people liked Jaleel White's rendition of the uber-annoying nerd and he stuck around...and stuck around...and stuck around.
Robert Guillaume first appeared in Soap before this spin off. Pretty good for a butler, huh? The acerbic Benson found himself moving up the political ranks very quickly and it made for very entertaining television.
A Different World
No, this show was not something to illustrate how different Lisa Bonet's Cosby Show character was from her Wild at Heart one. She was a college student and the show was fun to watch while she was on it...then she left, of course.
D'oh. How many people forget that the characters used to appear on shorts in the Tracey Ullman Show. Oh. You remember? *steeples fingers* Excellent... It's still chugging along on FOX and I think that my grandchildren will be seeing episodes of the show that were written by Matt Groening's grandchildren. If there's topical humor to mine, this show will always dig deep.
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Just in case you were starting to work on your holiday wish list you can cross off "Ask Santa for a new Home Alone movie". According to ABC Family, the memorable holiday film will be back at the end of the year with Home Alone 5: Alone in the Dark. But fans of the film don't need to worry if they missed Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House -- the fifth installment will introduce entirely new characters. The story follows eight-year-old Finn (played by Christian Martyn) and his sister (Jodelle Ferland) who are left alone in a new house they deem haunted. While the two work to set up ghost traps, they are later forced to protect their house from intruders (played by Debi Mazar, Malcolm McDowell, and Eddie Steeples).
The film is currently under production and is set to air sometime during ABC Family's "25 Days of Christmas" -- giving a whole new meaning to happy holidays.
Cast as Darnell in the NBC comedy "My Name is Earl"
Played the dramatic lead in the award-winning short film, "Whoa"
Received recognition for his role of Rasan in the action movie "Torque," with Ice Cube, Faison Love and Jaime Pressly
Directed various Mo-Freek productions, as well as serving as a cameraman for the show "Street Team TV," where he filmed artists such as John Mayer, Wycleff Jean, and Cypress Hill
Appeared in the political documentary "Amadou," inspired by the Amadou Diallo police protests in 1998
Co-wrote the film, "Robbers," which he also acted in and co-directed with Chris Sivertson
Once again teamed with director Kevin Ford to star in "Lost In The Bush," a feature-film military satire co-starring Brent Roam
Cast in "Akeelah and the Bee," with Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett
Joined the avante-garde hip hop group, No Surrender and the experimental movie outfit called "Mo-Freek"; helmed by director Kevin Ford
Played the dancing office supply delivery person in the OfficeMax "Rubberband Man" commercial
Cast in director Kevin Ford's "Caravan Summer"
Played a leading role in Kevin Ford's independent feature, "People Are Dead"
With his wild hair and affable demeanor, Eddie Steeples first made an impact as the "Rubber Band Man," the happy, dancing office supply delivery guy in the Office Max commercials, for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2004. After making such a giddy impression on viewers, Steeples was able to turn his newfound minor fame into a starring role on the hit NBC "My Name is Earl" (2005- ) - a modern twist on the Schwab's drug store Hollywood discovery.<p>Born Nov. 25, 1973, Steeples was born and raised in Spring, TX, the oldest of eight children. His mother was an evangelist and his stepfather a preacher. By the age of four, he knew that he wanted to be an actor. He spoke of it so often, that his mother was prepared for the blow when, at the age of 18, he confirmed his plans. After graduating from Klein Oak High School in 1992, Steeples moved to Santa Cruz, CA, where he took acting classes at a community college and sought fame and a starring role opposite Tom Cruise. When the Cruise co-starring role didn't happen, Steeples moved eastward to NYC, before making a stop at the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre and another pit stop at Howard University in D.C. to hone his craft, before finally landing in the Big Apple. Things began to happen after he joined the experimental film group, Mo-Freek - Steeples initial gateway into acting. He starred in several Mo-Freek productions including the lead in the short film "Whoa" (2001) which premiered at Sundance, and a starring role opposite Mia Tyler in "People Are Dead" (2002).<p>Not long into pursuing his dream of fame and fortune, the unpredictable occurred. A casting director/friend asked him to audition for the role of the "Rubber Band Man" in the Office Max ads, Steeples declined. He wasn't interested in doing commercials and feared being typecast as this jive goofball. Fortunately for him, his friend was persistent. Steeples relented and auditioned, landing the part and gaining invaluable exposure. <p>Acting wasn't Steeples' only passion. He also joined the socially conscience hip hop group "No Surrender." While he continued to collaborate with "No Surrender," Steeples also wanted to strike out on his own and went to work on his solo album (to be released, 2007).<p>2004 was a pivotal year for Steeples. He landed a key role in the action flick "Torque" starring Ice Cube and his future television wife, Jaime Pressly. He also landed a coveted spot on <i>People</i> magazine's "Sexiest Men" of 2004. Good fortune was with Steeples once again when he survived the deadly 2004 tsunami while vacationing in Thailand. At first believed to be missing, Steeples survived by moving to a nearby mountain area where there was little food and water available. He fell ill, but was eventually rescued by relief workers and made a full recovery. He later teamed with the Red Cross and Office Max to raise money for the tsunami victims.<p>After surviving the worst natural disaster in recent memory, Steeples returned as the "Rubber Band Man" and captured legions of new fans - among those, writer/producer, Greg Garcia, who in 2005 would begin casting for his new quirky, white trash sitcom "My Name Is Earl" (NBC). Garcia enjoyed Steeples' Office Max performances so much that he requested he audition for the role of Darnell, the laid back husband of Earl's (Jason Lee) overbearing ex-wife, Joy (Jaime Pressly). Aside from the fact that neither character talked much, Darnell was the antithesis of his high energy Office Max character. As Darnell, Steeples was completely laid back and unfazed by everything. It was easy to believe that he was the only man who could, not only tolerate, but actually be happily married to the bitter Joy.<p>In 2006, Steeples' star continued to rise when he was cast as Derrick T in the critically acclaimed Lions Gate drama "Akeelah and the Bee" (2006), starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. Ever the consummate performer, Steeples kept busy writing, directing and producing "The Best of Robbers" (2006), a comedy about thieves who long to be reality TV stars.
St. Louis Repertory Theater
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Named one of People Magazine's "Sexiest Men" of 2004.