The things you find in unexpected places! I was reading a biography of a guy who spent his early childhood in post-WWII rural New Zealand, and he mentioned how he spent his (long-anticipated!) first trip to the movies at age 7: "The first real film I went to was Audie Murphy in The Kid From Texas, where he wore black leather all over and smiled in a cold way and drew his gun like greased lightning. Audie Murphy was the best cowboy..."
And a few pages later he's writing about his favorite birthday gifts: "The best birthday present I ever got was my birthday being on the Saturday and I was allowed to see Sierra with Audie Murphy, which was as good as The Kid From Texas. I was worried before it that something would go wrong and I wouldn't be able to see it."
Audie must have made quite an impression on him even at the age of seven, because he titled his autobiography 'The Kid From Matata-David McGill.'
What a great story! As you say, Murph must have made quite an impression on him.