J. D. Cerna

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John Dayton Cerna, often credited as J. D. Cerna, is an American actor and a writer. He appeared in the 1988-89 horror film The Dead Come Home.[1][2] In the 1995 coming-of-age short film "Alkali, Iowa", which is part of Boys Life 2, the 1997 compilation of short films about gay males, Cerna portrayed Jack Gudmanson,[3] a leading character who is coming to terms of his sexuality and learns about his father's secret past.[4] He was a columnist for the LGBT-related newspaper Washington Blade in 2002–05.[5] He wrote and performed a leading role of his semi-autobiographical play Not as Cute as Picture, whose story focuses on a "young gay man's pursuit of purpose[,] often obstructed by [crisis] of AIDS," set in 1994.[5] The play was nominated in the 14th Annual GLAAD Media Awards (2003) for Outstanding Theatre: Washington D. C.[6] He wrote another play Problem Cat: A Love Story.[7] Cerna is openly gay.[5]


  1. ^ Albright, Brian (2012). "New York". Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990: A State-by-state Guide with Interviews. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co, Inc. pp. 249–50. ISBN 9780786472277. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Willis, Donald C (1997). Horror and Science Fiction Films IV. Scarecrow Press. p. 114. ISBN 9780810830554. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Willis, John (1999-02-01). Screen World 1998 Film Annual with 1,000 Photographs 49. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. ISBN 9781557833419. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ The Motion Picture Guide, 1998 Annual: The Films of 1997. CineBooks. 1998. p. 54. ISBN 9780933997417. 
  5. ^ a b c "J.D. Cerna's Not as Cute as Picture Returns to the Duplex, 2/8-3/22". Broadway World. February 5, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 8, 2003). "14th Annual GLAAD Media Award Winners Include The Goat and Zanna, Don't!". Playbill. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ (via AfterDark) Hoglund, John (November 10, 2013). "JD Cerna - Mainstage Past (11/10/2013)". Do NYC. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 

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