When you have no friends or family, who do you leave your estate to? Ray Fulk, a 71-year-old eccentric, died alone last summer. Having never been married, no children, and no close relatives or friends, Fulk left the bulk of his estate to 2 1980’s actors he never met, Kevin Brophy and Peter Barton whom he considered “his friends.” Brophy and Barton will split roughly $1 million after Fulk’s 160 acres of farm land are sold. He also left $5,000 to his favorite charity the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.
“Behle had acted as Ray’s attorney in an earlier civil matter, so in December 1997, Ray approached him to draw up his will, including the bequest to Brophy and Barton. I have a copy of the will. In it, Ray refers to Brophy and Barton as ‘my friends.’. . .’I found a couple of letters he had written to them,’ says Behle. ‘They sent back responses that basically said thanks for writing and please watch me in whatever their next movie or show was.”