June 11, 2006 11:02 PM by Joe Blackmon
JD Roberto is a Renaissance man in every sense of the word, having spent time as an actor, writer and relationship connoisseur. An honors graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied acting, JD’s training includes Master Classes with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Uta Hagan, and as an exchange student at the International Theatre School of Holland.
Since graduation, JD has kept quite busy by making his mark in a variety of media, playing a series of different roles. His film credits include "Nautilus," "’Til Night," "The Mask of Zorro," the award-winning short film "Moment of Silence" (which he also produced and edited), and a slew of independent feature films he openly admits he hopes nobody ever sees again. On television he has made appearances on shows like "Frasier," "All My Children," "Passions," "General Hospital, " "Family Matters" and "Step by Step." He also had a recurring role on "The New Adventures of Robin Hood." In addition to performing on screen, he has also returned to his roots on stage. His theatre credits include performances at New York’s Theatre for the New City, SoHo Rep, Playwrights Horizons, The Metropolitan Opera and The Laguna Playhouse, where he played the title role in the critically acclaimed production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile."
Aside from acting, JD has also hosted several popular television series. As a host, he has had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of experiences that range from playing with Burmese pythons and pygmy goats on Animal Planet’s "You Lie Like a Dog," to trekking the American wild on Outdoor Life Network’s "Great Hikes," and hand-feeding Caribbean reef sharks on Travel Channel’s "Shark Chasers." He’s also been seen on TBS as the host of the reality program "Outback Jack," as a guest host for "E! News Live" and on ABC’s "Are You Hot?"
After nearly a decade as a self-described "serial monogamist," JD met the love of his life, Karen, and the two have been married now for over seven years. In his free time JD is an avid adventure traveler, as he and his wife have spent months on end with packs strapped to their backs touring the globe. With over 50 counties to their credit, the pair have packed their way through much of the world, with stops in Western and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Russia, Mexico, Central America, North America, South America, the Middle East, India, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.
JD and Karen’s greatest adventure to date has been the arrival of their child, Enzo, born on location in San Francisco during production on "How to Get the Guy." And yes, Enzo already has a passport.