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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 April 1947Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Date of Death 1 October 2013Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Birth NameThomas Leo Clancy Jr.

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October (1990). Born in Baltimore to a U.S. Post Office employee and his wife on April 12, 1947, Clancy graduated from Loyola Blakefield, a Catholic private high school, in 1965 and then attended Loyola College. After graduating with his bachelor's degree in English literature, Clancy went into the insurance business as poor eyesight kept him out of the military. Despite being unable to serve during the Vietnam War, military and Cold War politics remained close to his heart.

While running his own insurance agency in Maryland, he wrote "The Hunt for Red October", which was published by the Naval Institute Press in 1984. Clancy received the princely sum of $5,000 from this most unusual venue for a work of fiction, but the book struck a nerve in the depths of the latter stages of the Cold War. The hardcover from the Naval Institute sold 45,000 copies, an amazing amount for a first novel from a publishing house peddling its first book of fiction, but the paperback -- boosted by a strong recommendation from President Ronald Reagan -- sold two million copies.

The book was very detailed and extremely savvy when it came to the machinations of the military and Cold War politicians. In fact, Clancy's editor at the Naval Institute Press had him eliminate details, which trimmed the novel by 100 pages. In all, he wrote 28 books, mostly fiction but also, military themed non-fiction books. Clancy placed 17 books on the New York Times Best Seller List, many of which hit #1. His oeuvre accounted for sales of 100 million copies, making him one of the all-time most popular writers in history.

Clancy became a media industry onto himself. He was successful lending his name and ideas to video games, and his video game company Red Storm Entertainment was bought out for $45 million in 2000. Clancy-branded video games racked up sales of 76 million units. Movies adapted from Clancy's works racked up $786.5 million at the box office.

Tom Clancy died on October 1, 2013. he was 66 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (2)

Alexandra Marie Llewellyn (26 July 1999 - 1 October 2013) (his death) (1 child)
Wanda Thomas (1969 - 1998) (divorced) (4 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Realistic, carefully researched stories about the military and terrorism
Writing horror, thrillers or suspense.

Trivia (15)

Minority owner of the Baltmore Orioles, with majority owner Peter Angelos.
Father of four.
Attended Loyola High School class of 1965 and Loyola College class of 1969. Major: English Literature.
Reportedly is worth over USD $190 million. [2001]
Sold his videogame company, Red Storm Entertainment, for $45 million.
A woman in Washington, DC, read his novel "The Hunt For Red October" when it was first published by the Naval Press Institute in the 1980s, and loved it so much that she gave a copy to all her friends. One of those friends was President Ronald Reagan, who stepped off Marine One with the book tucked under his arm. A reporter saw the book and asked Reagan, "What are you reading?" Reagan then held up the book so everybody could see the cover and replied, "It's a really a good yarn." After Reagan's compliment, Tom Clancy's first novel became a best seller.
He was an insurance salesman before becoming a full time author of military fiction and non-fiction. (He has never had any military or government experience)
Due to the limited technology of the 1980s, his novel, "The Hunt For Red October," had to be saved on ten floppy disks.
Dreamed of serving in the US military ever since he was a young boy. However, he failed to continue ROTC in college because he couldn't pass the required eye exam, crushing his hopes of ever serving in the army. (Loyola College required all students to enroll for two years of ROTC.)
He majored in English at Baltimore's Loyola College.
His wife Alexandra is the niece of Colin Powell.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors." New Revision Series, Vol. 132, pp. 86-93. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Attempted to buy the Minnesota Vikings in the late 1990's. Due to his on-going divorce, he did not have sufficient funds. The team was instead bought by Red McCombs.
Of the three actors to play "Jack Ryan", Ben Affleck is his favorite.
Was 39 years old when his first book was published.

Personal Quotes (5)

Wars are begun by frightened men.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.
Success will ruin your life.
Helicopters don't fly, they vibrate so badly the ground rejects them.

Salary (1)

The Hunt for Red October (1990) $600,000 (novel rights)

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