Man leaves estate to actors Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton

man-leaves-estate-to-actors.jpgRay Fulk has left a rather strange bequest about his estate. He has given almost all of his assets to two actors whom he had never met, Kevin Brophy (left) and Peter Barton (right).

Fulk, 71, died last July. He lived alone on a farm in Lincoln, Ill and had no family or children. But he did have an affinity for two actors and so he left them an estimated half a million dollars each.

"He was a loner, and a lot of neighbors didn't know who he was," says Donald Behle, the estate attorney who helped prepare Fulk's will. "He just said [the actors] were friends of his."

"I found a couple of letters he had written to them," Behle tells the Sate Journal-Register "They sent back responses that basically said thanks for writing and please watch me in whatever their next movie or show was."

Brophy was in the 1977 show "Lucan," which Fulk had a poster of on his wall. Barton was known for acting on "The Young and the Restless" from 1987 to 1993. The two also appeared together in the 1981 film "Hell Night."

The entire property was appraised at just over $1 million. Fulk also had about $230,000 in cash and CDs. The two actors will split the money, minus a $5000 donation Fulk made to the Anti-Cruelty Society, an animal organization in Chicago.

Behle says Fulk loved animals and treated his dogs better than he treated himself. And he adds that Fulk leaving the bulk of his estate to these two actors is "one of the oddest things I have ever had to deal with in 30 plus years of practicing law."
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