Dead Man Leaves $1 Million Estate to Former Actors He Never Met
A dead man has left his $1 million estate to two soap stars that he had never met. Ray Fulk died last summer at the age of 71 in his farmhouse near Broadwell, Illinois. He died alone with no family and few friends. So he left his 160-acre estate to two actors that he felt close to - Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton.
Brophy's claim to fame was the 1977 TV show 'Lucan' in which he played the main character who had been raised by wolves.
A poster from the show was found in Fulk's farmhouse, which had no running water and was filthy, according to Fulk's attorne, Donald Behle.
Like Brophy, Barton acted in both moves and TV shows and he was most known for his role in the daytime soap, 'The Young and the Restless' where he played Dr. Scott Grainger.
The two actors know each other because they worked together on the 1981 film, 'Hell Night.'
Behle wrote Fulk's will more than a decade ago and he says he didn't know that Fulk had never met the actors to whom he was leaving his wealth. 'He just said they were friends of his,' Behle told ABCNews.com. Fulk's property is currently appraised at $1.1 million. Behle sent Barton and Brophy letters informing them that they would receive their inheritance once the estate was sold - but both the actors were skeptical that it could be a scam. 'What’s the first thing you would think if you got a letter like that?' Behle told the Illinois State Journal Register.
'You’d think it was some kind of scam.'
Barton decided to jump on a plane to meet Behle and visit the estate. Behle said he enjoyed giving a tour of the estate - except for the part where they entered the home where Fulk lived and died. 'His house was an absolute filthy mess,' Behle toldABCNews.com.
'We wore masks when we were in there.'
Besides splitting his estate between Barton and Brophy, Fulk also left $5,000 to Chicago's largest humane society, the Anti-Cruelty Society.
I've tried to find info on Barton for years. I never came up with anything online.
Sweet? That's fucking weird and sad.
He could have left it to a charity if he really didn't know anybody else.
This is what the DL soap queens have to look forward to.
Agree, it's sad and a bit weird.
Yeah i hope R1 was joking, if you have no one leave it to charity. Not to some actors that you never even met, it is creepy, and you know he as a DLer.
I'm thinking of leaving part of my estate to Cillian Muprhy
So the actors say.
"I'm thinking of leaving part of my estate to Cillian Muprhy"
I put Peter Barton right up there with Rob Lowe in the "impossibly beautiful" category. This farmer was probably a deeply closeted man who had a man crush on the 2 actors.
"man who had a man crush on the 2 actors"
Man crush? That's just a "crush", honey.
I'm thinking of leaving my estate to Desmond's feets.
I don't see what's sad about it -- we all know how hard it is to make friends after a certain age, and he appreciated the actors' TV characters, and showed his gratitude.
It would be nice if he'd had real friends, but for many, it is no longer that type of world.
If only he'd known about the baby bakeshop, he could have made a real difference instead of funding Botox for two has beens.
Peter Barton was hot n heavy with Lisa Rinna
He was hoping this would bring them together and they would fall in love with each other. You folks don't know how lonely people think, do you?
The original article has a photo of Brophy today, but none of Barton. WHY? What does Peter Barton look like now?
R2, I know. that's why I wrote "this is WEHT Peter Barton"
I still think it's sweet! It's not like he left it to George Clooney - these actors probably can use the money & will feel good that their work helped a lonely guy be less lonely.
Actors often die broke or nearly. There ought to be some kind of $afety net to prevent this, after entertaining us for so many years.
This is hysterical. It reminds me of that movie with Ian McKellen and Jason Priestley in that movie where Priestley plays an actor and McKellen stalks him in the Hamptons. What was the name of that flick?
R22, it's John Hurt and the name of the film is "Love and Death on Long Island".
Scott Grainger from Y&R - that was the guy who was married to mistress of evil Sheila Carter yes? GREAT storyline!!!
John Hurt, right! Thanks R23. Weird movie.
Here's a clip of him on Y&R - he looks good in glasses! Very Clark Kent.
Anyone remember Peter as Doug in Friday the 13th-The Final Chapter(LOL)? Jason kills him in the shower with his bare hands while Peter is naked!
If they have any class, they'll give all or most of it to charities themselves.
I would bet money this old hermit had sexual/romantic fantasies in which these two guys were the stars.
Peter Barton is 56 now, and quit the business.
This is a bit more recent photo - looks to be mid to late 40s here. Anyway, it's clearly well after his burn accident, so there was no facial damage if that's what people were thinking.
Why should they give it to charities? It's not like they're big stars, earning big bucks. Their fame came and went a long long time ago.
If they gave him a little pleasure in his life, then they are perfectly within their rights to keep it.
That is so Datalounge.
It was his money, he could do what he wanted with it. It's sad that he left his estate to two people he didn't even know, though. Didn't he have any friends or family? Maybe he thought those two actors WERE his family. He must have been mentally disturbed in some way. Poor man, he must have been so lonely.
I had a big crush on Kevin Brophy back in the day. But I sure as hell wouldn't leave a fortune to him!
See this what I wanted DL to do for Shelley Hack.
What, r40? Leave her all our money in our wills?
Maybe they secretly visited him and let him service them.
actually r40 I wanted us to fund her return to pictures!