Connor Trinneer as Charles 'Trip' Tucker III

Connor Trinneer plays Chief Engineer Charles 'Trip' Tucker III aboard the Enterprise, an American Southerner from the Florida Keys with an offbeat sense of humour, who enjoys using his country persona to disarm people. A brilliant engineer and an outstanding officer, Trip is also a confidante that Captain Archer knows he can rely on - echoing Doctor McCoy's relationship with Captain Kirk. Trip has very little first-hand experience with alien cultures, and is often a fish out of water when dealing with new civilizations.

"I think the character's probably pretty easy to write for," Trinneer told SciFi Wire. "He's sort of the sarcastic, foot-in-mouth guy. And I think that, out of the gate, there were a couple of episodes that were written directly with my character having the main story behind him. And they've gone over pretty well. Hopefully that will happen more often." The actor also hopes he won't be "dumbed down" and will get the chance to have Tucker take the lead and save the day at some point.

Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Trinneer attended Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, where he played college football. When a classmate asked him to audition for a school theatre production, he was disappointed not to get the role - and this event made him decide to persue an acting career. Trinneer graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting and then went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting and directing from the University of Missouri.

The young actor clearly hopes to take fame in his stride. "I think you really can't think about it - the weight of all that, either expectation or fandom, that just gets too much. Otherwise it would be too big of a deal. But you've just got to go to work and do your thing."

Trinneer is enormously appreciative of fans' support for the new series, as he revealed recently after attending his first US convention. "There were almost 400 people there, and when I walked in they stood up," Trinneer says. "You are there with people who are really into you, really into the show and really passionate about it. And that's kind of cool."

Trinneer's television credits include a recurring role of One Life to Live and guest-starring roles on several television series including FreakyLinks, Gideon's Crossing, Melrose Place, Touched by an Angel and ER. He also played lead roles in the independent film Raindogs and the PBS telefilm Far East, and appeared in the HBO film *61.

The actor isn't afraid to comment on his role in a show either. "It's my butt up there. If I don't think something's working, I'll skip [the director] and call [executive producer] Brannon Braga," he told fans at a Portland convention in January. "Of course, you can't let your ego get in the way. But before we've ever got to a scene, I've probably made a phone call. Is it true to the story? Is it important?"

He continued: "Any time you feel strongly about something, you call and see what you can get done. And if you can't, tough luck."

On stage, Trinneer has been seen in several off-Broadway and regional theatre productions including Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Far East, The Rover, The Tempest, Picnic, Julius Caesar and Arcadia.

He currently lives in Los Angeles and enjoys hiking, working out, surfing, snowboarding, reading and traveling in whatever spare time the Enterprise filming schedule allows him.