His conversion started when he was playing the part of GK Chesterton’s Father Brown, in the movie The Detective (aka Father Brown).
From the article:
He was in France working on the film Father Brown, based on G. K. Chesterton’s well known fictional crime-solving priest. He was playing the title role and so was dressed up as a Catholic priest. While walking down the street in priestly attire, a local child spotted him and mistook him to be a genuine Catholic priest. The child ran up, grabbed his hand trustingly, and walked with him down the road.
The trust and affection the child had for Catholic priests had a deep impact on him and made him start to seriously consider Catholicism.
He later explained:
Continuing my walk, I reflected that a Church that could inspire such confidence in a child, making priests, even when unknown, so easily approachable, could not be as scheming or as creepy as so often made out. I began to shake off my long-taught, long-absorbed prejudices.
The story goes on to talk about how his son contracted polio, and how he used to stop by a Catholic church to pray for him.
Read the whole story there 🙂