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Posted on 02/10/2013 5:48:17 AM PST by lowbridge
A man who died last summer willed his estate to two actors he never met, leaving them an estimated half a million dollars each.
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.
Donald Behle, an estate attorney, said he helped prepare Fulk's will around 1998, and never saw him again. Behle had helped with the estate of Fulk's father, who died in 1997.
Why did Fulk will his estate to the two actors?
"He just said they were friends of his," Behle said, who knew they were actors but did not know Fulk had never met them.
Behle is not sure why he considered them friends, but the State Journal-Register newspaper of Springfield, Ill., says he was a fan of their television shows.
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.
Behle is currently overseeing the sale of Fulk's property, which is appraised at $1,054,000. Behle declined to say how many bidders he has but said that a sale is "imminent."
Fulk also had about $230,000 in cash and CDs.
After Fulk died, Brophy and Barton received letters informing them of the bequest.
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Some people are just really really really strange
Wow! The two actors are pretty lucky. The guy was obviously fans of their two shows. I say good for the actors and hopefully they are good people who will use the money wisely. It would be weird to receive a letter saying money was willed to you from someone you never knew. I would imagine that upon receiving the letters, both actors thought it could have been a scam.
Kevin Brophy hasn’t been in much and nothing listed at Wiki since 1998, and sounds like small parts too.
Some people ate also very lucky.
That’s so gay.
Yet, there are so many worthy charities. There’s no explaining some people.
Yeah, I could never understand watching soap operas either.
It’s called a gay crush by an old queen.
It’s called a gay crush by an old queen.
No doubt there are many worthy charities. However, there are also a lot of charity scams—just a way of earning a living for the “directors”.
In the end, this man obviously got some pleasure from the work these actors did and decided to leave them something in gratitude. Really, much more understandable than someone to leaves $$ to ungrateful relatives.
I agree there are many worthy charities/organizations that can use the money. Unfortunately, people didn’t reach out in a positive way to this individual for whatever reason. I also agree that many relatives think they are deserving just because they are breathing.
lol. You have me cracking up. I did not think of that, but you might be right on the money. You are too funny! I needed that laugh so badly.
Surely by this point in life one should be able to recognize honest charities from the rest, i.e., The Salvation Army, Saint Jude’s Hospital, The ASPCA, etc.
I don’t quite understand your statement “people didn’t reach out in a positive way to this individual for whatever reason.” Are you suggesting that reputable charities are supposed to be sending information to everyone? Some do send to those whom they think are inclined to support them financially but this guy appeared to be a recluse who didn’t make himself known to anyone.
OTOH, I (who is as typical a person as one would find) am supportive of animal help groups, such as the ASPCA, Best Friends, and PetSmart Charities, all of which are well-known to me. So, I don’t think your reservation is well-founded.
My comments on your reservations on charities, i.e.,charity scams, is included in my response to Maudeen.
If the soap opera’s had an ending instead of going 40 years, maybe they would be okay. I like some Korean melodrama’s because they don’t last forever.
I see you mentioning those Korean shows, makes me curious. I was just joking about the shows.. the guy is definitely strange.. as you say.
You would think there might be a charity or something, a church, a neighbor, SOMETHING. How about that home for old, broke actors?
Maybe those 2 guys had roles that really affected him at one point.
Like an old animated Garfield movie on TV did for me, when Odie went to the pound and I was in the hospital during Thanksgiving. I was very affected. :p
Glad you got a laugh, and we’ll never know for sure, but think about it...old man living alone, two young androgynous looking actors? Hmmm.....
See post 10 and 19....it’s not what you think at all....
but to people he never actually met, its still strange
Some things definitely make an impression. Ollie North was on the stand during my stay in the hospital. I still remember his lawyer pounding the table with the potted plant quip.
very true.... me missing Thanksgiving and that Garfield movie on TV was around 1982 or so
If they were still alive, the Three Stooges (or, at least Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp - never cared for the two “Joes”) would be in my will.
It's his money. Let him do as he wishes. We don't always need to explain ourselves.
Wasn’t it Bill Murry who did Garfield’s voice..
was he doing that way back then too?
It could have been, it was a long time ago though
or...would it be "bung-o"?
oh yeah, it’s very strange, but has to be a sad pathetic queen fantazing about these actors.