An Illinois Man Left His Million-Dollar Estate To Two Television Actors He Didn't Know

02.11.13 14 Comments

This one is a little strange. Is it cool? Sure. Interesting? No doubt. But definitely a little strange. Let’s take it step by step.

Ray Fulk was 71 when he died last July. He lived alone on a 160-acre property in Lincoln, Ill. that he inherited from his father. He had no family or children.

“He was a loner, and a lot of neighbors didn’t know who he was,” Behle said.

What Fulk did have, though, was an admiration for actors Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton, whom he had never met. He admired them so much that he left his estate to be split between them. [Yahoo!]

Now, if the names Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton don’t ring a bell for most of you, there’s a pretty good reason for that:

Barton is known for his role as Dr. Scott Grainger in the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” from 1987 to 1993.

Brophy was in the 1977 show “Lucan.” Fulk had a poster from the show on the wall of his house, according to the State Journal-Register.

To recap: An Illinois man who lived by himself on a 160-acre farm, and didn’t know most of his neighbors, left the majority of his estate, which is valued at over a million dollars, to a soap opera actor from the 1980s and the star of a 36-year-old boy-who-was-raised-by-wolves-is-an-adult-now show called Lucan, whose poster he kept on the wall of his “absolute filthy mess” of a house.

Seems reasonable.

After Fulk died, Brophy and Barton received letters informing them of the bequest. The two are friends who had acted in the film “Hell Night” in 1981. They could not be reached for comment.

Can you even imagine? You’re just sitting in your recliner at home, regaling your loved ones with another story about the time you appeared as Damon Lusk on Baywatch or as Chuck in the film Code Name Vengeance, when you open up a letter informing you that a wealthy hermit you never met left you half a million dollars in his will. What would you do?

Me? I’d work on getting Code Name Vengeance 2 greenlit. THE SAGA CONTINUES.

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