Recluse Millionaire Leaves $1 Million Estate To 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 Behle 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 told ABCNews.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.
Hugh Everett | Elite.