Tom Clancy Dead at 66

Published 9 months ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 11:13 am,

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Tom Clancy, bestselling author of the Jack Ryan series of novels, which include The Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger, has died. Clancy passed away October 1 in a Baltimore, Maryland hospital at the age of 66. The cause of death was not immediately available, and only reported as a “long illness.”

Clancy’s publisher, Penguin Group, confirmed the author’s passing, with executive David Shanks releasing this statement:

“I’m deeply saddened by Tom’s passing. He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time. I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide.”

Clancy became famous with his very first novel, The Hunt for Red October, which was published in 1984 and introduced the world to deeply patriotic CIA analyst Jack Ryan, who would become an iconic character both on the page and on the big screen. Clancy’s books were known for their extremely detailed and technical descriptions of military operations and post-Cold War settings. In 1989, the novel Clear and Present Danger sold 1,625,544 hardcover copies and is the top-selling novel of the entire 1980′s.

Tom Clancy co-founded the video game development company Red Storm Entertainment in 1996, which was later bought by Ubisoft Entertainment. Clancy lent his name to several successful, military operation-themed video game series, including Tom Clancy’s Rainbow SixSplinter Cell and Ghost Recon. He was also a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

Tom Clancy at work Tom Clancy Dead at 66

Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr. was born in Baltimore on April 12, 1947. Clancy attended Catholic college prep school Loyola Blakefield, graduating in 1965 before attending Loyola College in Baltimore. He married his wife Wanda in 1969, and the two separated in 1995 before a divorce was finalized in 1999. Before becoming an author, Clancy worked as an insurance salesman and helped run an insurance company.

Clancy’s legacy will forever be tied to his Jack Ryan novels, which were adapted into successful films with first Alec Baldwin in the role (in The Hunt for Red October), before Harrison Ford took over, portraying Ryan in blockbusters Patriot Games (the novel is technically a prequel to Red October) and Clear and Present Danger. Ben Affleck was cast as a younger Ryan in The Sum of All Fears, which was presented as a reboot to the film series but never caught on. Paramount is trying the tactic again, with Star Trek Into Darkness star Chris Pine taking the role in the upcoming Jack Ryan, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Some of his video game properties – namely Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon – are currently being adapted into feature films, as well.

Clancy published 28 books in his lifetime, including several non-fiction books on the military, and gained a strong and devoted following, notably among the armed forces. He was a lifelong conservative Republican, and not afraid to take controversial views, such as criticizing left-leaning politicians for “gutting” the CIA and thus being partially responsible for the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan Tom Clancy Dead at 66

Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan in ‘Clear and Present Danger’

Still, his loyal following among the military gave him amazing access to research and sources within the defense community, and, in turn, he was ever-loyal to them, telling CNN in 2003:

“I’ll never decide for commercial reasons to put something in that endangers our national security. You just can’t do that. There was one thing, I discussed with a friend of mine in the Royal Navy. I told him a story I knew, and he said, ‘Well, Tom, you may never repeat that, as long as you live.’ And I haven’t.”

Clancy’s was a distinct literary voice, and while the term “techno-thriller” was practically invented for his books, he rejected that label, saying first and foremost: “I write novels.”

Screen Rant would like to express our deepest condolences to Tom Clancy’s family and friends. He is survived by four children from his first marriage as well as his wife Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, whom he married in 1999.

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R.I.P. Tom Clancy: April 12th, 1947  - October 1, 2013.

TAGS: ghost recon, jack ryan, obituaries, splinter cell

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  1. RIP Tom Clancy :-( and RIP Red Storm Entertainment. Those games while he was the chairman of the company that made them were brilliant…

  2. Red October indeed

  3. I love the Tom Clancy novels and I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was a great author who crafted intricate novels that were easy for me to lose myself in. RIP Tom Clancy. Thank you for all of your works.

  4. So sad.

    R.I.P.

  5. RIP mr Clancy. Such a genius.

  6. Not only a great writer, but a master storyteller and truly original creator of drama, suspense and action.

    RIP Tom Clancy.

    • All of the above, a sad day indeed

  7. RIP

    I loved his books and loved the movies that sprung from his work, even The Sum of All Fears, which didn’t have much to do with the novel anymore. If you get the chance listen to the Sum of All Fears audio commentary. You know you have a commentary winner on your hands when Tom Clancy introduces himself with “Hi, I’m Tom Clancy, the author of the book that they ignored” or words to that effect. :D

    • @TheLostWinchester

      LOL, too bad the movie was so bad I wouldn’t buy the DVD even for that…

    • lol yeah, it was an amusing commentary. RIP TC

      B

  8. :( good bye sir

  9. Now he can do some ghost recon of his own.

    • Lol.

      • Waka waka waka.

  10. Sad,sad day.

    I’ve read most of his novels all the way to Teeth of the Tiger.

    R.I.P. Tom Clancy.

  11. R.I.P Sir! You’ll be missed.

  12. So terrible…. Vince Flynn a few weeks back, now Tom Clancy himself.

    Two of my favorite fiction writers with a couple months.. Hard not to feel selfish at the thought of not getting to read their new books in the future.

    RIP Tom.

  13. RIP Tom.

    You will be missed.

  14. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

    It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
    ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  15. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

    It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
    ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

    RIP Mr. Clancy

    • Beautiful!

  16. Geez, I didn’t think the new Jack Ryan movie could be that bad… No, but seriously he was a great talent and I hope he will be best remembered for his books and not the movies loosely based on them.

  17. This better be a troll! I had no idea that his health was deteriorating! We all knew Leonard was on his way out but goddamit his only 66!

  18. Man I`m so shock to hear this, my prayers go out to the Clancy family. Loved his novels I thought there were the best we will truly miss you Tom Clancy (legend)

  19. Sad news to receive…
    R.I.P. Tom Clancy you will be missed!

  20. Tom Clancy created a world of characters
    who remain and will live on when he cannot.

    Tom created something that will inspire and
    entertain for generations to come and in this way
    Clancy will remain alive for as long his works are read.

    “Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

    – William Shakespeare

  21. This man is responsible for shaping my political beliefs next to Michael Savage.

    I loved his books and I loved his company’s video games they put out. I also enjoyed the movie adaptations of his works.

    This man is a legend in my lifetime.

    Rest in Peace.

  22. Another great writer that has left us this year, first Elmore Leonard and now Tom Clancy. My heart goes out to their families, R.I.P. Literary legendary writers.

  23. A great storyteller has passed away.You’ll be missed Tom.You’ll be missed.

  24. Kinda ironic he passed in October but at the same time kinda fitting. R.I.P. Mr. Clancy

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