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Overview (4)

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died in Baltimore, Maryland, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameThomas Leo Clancy Jr.
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

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 of heart failure on October 1, 2013. He was 66 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Family (1)

Spouse Alexandra Marie Llewellyn (26 July 1999 - 1 October 2013)  (his death)  (1 child)
Wanda Louise Thomas (2 August 1969 - 5 April 1999)  (divorced)  (4 children)

Trade Mark (2)

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

Trivia (19)

The Tom Clancy Estate is still a minority owner of the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball, under majority owner Peter Angelos, and along with another famous local Baltimore minority owner, former internationally ranked woman's tennis player Pam Shriver.
Father of four, including son Thomas Leo Clancy III, with first wife Wanda, who divorced him in 1997.
Attended Loyola High School (now known as Loyola Blakefield), graduate class of 1965 and then Loyola College (now known as Loyola University Maryland) graduate class of 1969. Major: English Literature.
Reportedly is worth over USD $190 million. [2001]
In August 2000, he sold his video game company, Red Storm Entertainment, to Ubisoft for $45 million. The company still (as of 2020) concentrates on games based on Clancy stories and characters.
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 agent before becoming a full time author of military fiction and non-fiction. He 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 Literature at Loyola College (now Loyola University Maryland) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He graduated in the class of 1969.
His second wife (and widow) Alexandra Marie Llewellyn Clancy is the daughter of businessman/entrepreneur J. Bruce Llewellyn, the first black owner of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in the USA, and she is also the goddaughter of Colin Powell.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors." New Revision Series, Vol. 132, pp. 86-93. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
He attempted to buy the Minnesota Vikings in the late 1990s. Due to his on-going divorce from Wanda Clancy, he did not have sufficient funds. The team was instead bought by (now former owner) Red McCombs.
Of the three actors to portray Jack Ryan before Clancy's death, Ben Affleck was said to have been his favorite.
He was 37 years old when his first novel "The Hunt for Red October" was published.
Although he was known for being a vocal conservative Republican, four of the actors who have played his most famous character Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and John Krasinski) have been vocal supporters of the Democratic Party and Chris Pine, who played the role in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), has been openly critical of the Republican Party and Donald Trump.
Clancy was cremated. His ashes were given to his widow.
Born on exactly the same date as "Wonder Years" star Dan Lauria.
Along with Stephen King and Danielle Steel, he was one of the three best selling authors of the 1980s.

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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