trouper

[troo-per]
noun
1.
an actor, especially a member of a touring company.
2.
a veteran actor.
3.
a loyal, dependable worker or participant in an undertaking: He's a real trouper, even when the going is rough.

Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; troupe + -er1

trooper, trouper.
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trouper (ˈtruːpə)
 
n
1.  a member of a troupe
2.  an experienced or dependable worker or associate

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The first law enforcement officer on the scene was a state trouper who approached the incident site from the west side.
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