Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy at Burns Library cropped.jpg
Clancy at Boston College's Burns Library in November 1989
Born Thomas Leo Clancy Jr.
(1947-04-12)April 12, 1947
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died October 1, 2013(2013-10-01) (aged 66)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Alma mater Loyola College ( BA)
Period 1984–2013
Genre
Spouses
  • Wanda Thomas King (m. 1969; div. 1999)
  • Alexandra Marie Llewellyn (m. 1999)
Children 5

Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science storylines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. [1] His name was also used on movie scripts written by ghostwriters, nonfiction books on military subjects, and video games. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and vice-chairman of their community activities and public affairs committees.

Clancy's literary career began in 1984 when he sold The Hunt for Red October for $5,000. [1] [2] His works, The Hunt for Red October (1984), Patriot Games (1987), Clear and Present Danger (1989), and The Sum of All Fears (1991), have been turned into commercially successful films. Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine have played Clancy's most famous fictional character, Jack Ryan. Another well-known character of his, John Clark, has been portrayed by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber. Tom Clancy's works also inspired games such as the Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six series. Clancy died on October 1, 2013, of an undisclosed illness. [3]

Early life and education

Clancy was born on April 12, 1947, at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, [4] and grew up in the Northwood neighborhood. [2] [4] [5] He was the second of three children to Thomas Clancy, who worked for the United States Postal Service, and Catherine Clancy, who worked in a store's credit department. [6] [7] His mother worked to send him to the private Catholic Loyola High School in Towson, Maryland, from which he graduated in 1965. [4] [5] [6] He then attended Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Baltimore, graduating in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in English literature. [4] [7] While at university, he was president of the chess club. [6] He joined the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps; however, he was ineligible to serve due to his nearsightedness, which required him to wear thick eyeglasses. [1] [6] After graduating, he worked for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. [8] In 1973, he joined the O. F. Bowen Agency, a small insurance agency based in Owings, Maryland, founded by his wife's grandfather. [1] [6] [7] [8] In 1980, he purchased the insurance agency from his wife's grandmother and wrote novels in his spare time. [7] [9] While working at the insurance agency, he wrote his debut novel, The Hunt for Red October (1984). [1]

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