Tom Clancy 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.
Tom Clancy short biography
Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr. was born on April 12, 1947, at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in the Northwood neighborhood. His father, a mailman, and his mother, who worked in a department-store credit office, provided him with a middle-class upbringing.
His mother worked in order to send him to the private Catholic Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Maryland, from which he graduated in 1965. He then attended Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Baltimore, graduating in 1969 with a degree in English literature.
While at university, he was president of the chess club. 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. After graduating he worked for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1973, he joined the O. F. Bowen Agency, a small insurance agency based in Owings, Maryland, founded by his wife’s grandfather.
In 1980, he purchased the insurance agency from his wife’s grandmother and wrote novels in his spare time. While working at the insurance agency, he wrote his debut novel, The Hunt for Red October (1984). The book, which told the story of a Russian submarine crew’s defection, made The New York Times’ best-seller list after President Ronald Reagan openly praised it.
In 1996, Clancy founded Red Storm Entertainment to create and market multimedia computer games based on his stories. Its first game, Politika, was released in November 1997. (Red Storm Entertainment was later purchased by French video game publisher Ubisoft Entertainment.)
In 2002, Clancy was ranked No. 10 on Forbes’ “Celebrity 100” list of top income earners for that year.
Best-Seller Status Continues
Tom Clancy would see 10 of his books earn No. 1 rankings on The New York Times’ best-seller list during his lifetime. In addition to The Hunt for Red October, his published works include Red Storm Rising (1986), Patriot Games (1987), Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988), Clear and Present Danger (1989), The Sum of All Fears (1991), Without Remorse (1993), Debt of Honor (1994), Executive Orders (1996) and Rainbow Six (1998).
More than 50 million copies of Clancy’s books have been printed, and four have been adapted into major films: The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears, which debuted on the big screen in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 2002, respectively.
Personal life Tom Clancy
Clancy was a life member of the National Rifle Association since 1978.
He and his first wife Wanda Thomas King, a nursing student who became an eye surgeon, married in 1969, separated briefly in 1995, and permanently separated in December 1996. Clancy filed for divorce in November 1997, which became final in January 1999.
On June 26, 1999, Clancy married freelance journalist Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, whom he had met in 1997. Llewellyn is the daughter of J. Bruce Llewellyn and a family friend of Colin Powell, who originally introduced the couple to each other. They remained together until Clancy’s death in October 2013.
Death Tom Clancy
Clancy died on October 1, 2013, of an undisclosed illness at Johns Hopkins Hospital, near his Baltimore home.