(written from a Production point of view)
Jason Matthew Smith (born 8 November 1972; age 41) is the actor who played the Burly Cadet #1 in J.J. Abrams's Star Trek, better known as "Cupcake".  Smith is reprising his role for the Star Trek Into Darkness. 
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Smith traveled with his family through the country and attended the high school and the college in Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University in Cincinnati. He later attended the Northern Illinois University where he received his Master in Fina Arts in Acting.
After he moved to Los Angeles in 2000, Smith trained acting under several coaches and performed in several stage plays, such as Plaza Suite and Diviners. Among his television appearances are guest roles in JAG (2001, with Tucker Smallwood), Six Feet Under (2001, with Joel Brooks and Ed O'Ross), ER (2001, with Michelle Bonilla), Charmed (2002), 24 (2002, with Leslie Hope, Zach Grenier, Henri Lubatti, and Penny Johnson), Robbery Homicide Division (2002, with Marshall Teague), and Without a Trace (2002, with Enrique Murciano and April Grace), as well as the comedy 13 Moons (2002) and the action comedy Hollywood Homicide (2003, with Bruce Greenwood).
Smith portrayed characters in the television series Cold Case (2005, with Franc Ross, Susan Savage, and Bruce Wright), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005, with Wallace Langham, David Bowe, and Richard Wharton), CSI: Miami (2006, with David Lee Smith and J.P. Hubbell), Bones (2006, with Amanda Carlin), Drive (2007), and Big Love (2007, with Jim Beaver, Michael McGrady, and Eric Pierpoint), and the recurring role of Eric Olczyk in the sports series Playmakers (2003-2006, along Bruce Gray).
Other film appearances include the sport comedy Rebound (2005, with Dennis Cockrum, Matt McCoy, and fellow Star Trek actor Justin Rodgers Hall) and more recently the television pilot 1% (2008, along Charles Esten, Massi Furlan, and stunt performers Scott Leva and Denney Pierce).