O'Hara's friend and co-star in several movies, the tough-guy actor converted to the faith at the end of his life, but according to Wayne's grandson, Catholic priest Fr. Matthew Muñoz, it wasn't mainly O'Hara's influence. In fact, Wayne was baptized in 1978 (a year before his death) by Archbishop McGrath of Panama,
in front of Munoz's mother and uncle. Wayne was raised with many Christian values and a sense of right and wrong, Munoz told the Catholic News Agency, and those values were reflected in his films.