John Huston was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He wrote most of the 37 feature films he directed, including The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen, Key Largo, and The Misfits. In addition, he also directed such films as Moby Dick, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Man Who Would Be King. 
A passage from his autobiography, An Open Book (pp. 234): "Ireland is ninety-six percent Catholic. I wanted it known immediately that I had no orthodox religion, so I announced right off the bat that I was an atheist. And I had the feeling they were particularly nice to me. "He's a good fellow who's surely going to hell, so why not make things as pleasant as possible for him--temporarily?" They certainly did that."