Actor Will Cone visited with residents of Tattnall Healthcare Center in Reidsville on Friday, July 25.
Cone, who was invited by his friend Diana Vazquez, spent several hours with residents of the nursing home, enjoying popcorn and lemonade with them.
The residents enjoyed his company and were not bashful about asking him about his acting career.
“Our residents just loved Will and appreciated him visiting,” Vazquez said. “He was very gracious and patient.”
Cone grew up on a small farm in Statesboro. He is the son of Ed Foy Cone and the late Lossie Lee Cone, and the youngest of six children. He previously had a career in the retail grocery business, where he worked himself up from customer service clerk to assistant grocery manager.
In 1988, he pursued his dream to act and model and attended Barbizon School of Modeling in Savannah. In 1990, after graduating from Barbizon, Will Cone moved to Atlanta and quickly landed commercial print jobs and modeling in fashion shows.
His first audition landed him a role in “Under the Hood” (2006) and the lead role of Hoke in “Driving Miss Daisy” (2007). In between acting jobs, Cone choreographed several fashion shows, including an Alzheimer’s benefit fashion show in honor of his mother, who died in 2004.
In 2011, Cone did a short film version of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” playing the lead role of Uncle Tom. His big break came when producers from the feature film “Remnants” saw him in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” He went on to audition and won the role as the secretary of defense in “Remnants,” starring Tom Sizemore. The movie was premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and released in January 2014.
Cone has also performed in several short films, including “Nocturnal Deconstruction” (2013) and “Strawberry Fields for Ava,” in which he played the lead role (2014).