|Name J. Cerna||Role Actor|
|Movies Alkali, Iowa, Dead Dudes in the House|
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. 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, a leading character who is coming to terms of his sexuality and learns about his father's secret past. He was a columnist for the LGBT-related newspaper Washington Blade in 2002–05. 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. The play was nominated in the 14th Annual GLAAD Media Awards (2003) for Outstanding Theatre: Washington D. C. He wrote another play Problem Cat: A Love Story. Cerna is openly gay.