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Thomas Leo Clancy Jr.
Writer
Date of Birth: 12 April 1947
Place of Birth: Baltimore County, Maryland,
United States of America

Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. (born April 12 1947, d. October 2, 2013), who is also known as Tom Clancy, is a US author of bestselling political thrillers, best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War. His name is also a brand for similar books written by ghost writers and a series of non-fiction books on military subjects and merged biographies of key leaders. He is also part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles, a Major League Baseball team. He officially is the Orioles' Vice Chairman of Community Activities and Public Affairs.

BiographyEdit

Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. was born in Calvert County, Maryland, United States of America. He attended Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Maryland, graduating with the class of 1965. He went on to study English Literature at Loyola College in Baltimore, graduating with the class of 1969.[1] Though he wanted to serve in the United States military, he was rejected after failing a required eye exam in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Before making his literary debut, he spent some time running an independent insurance agency.

Clancy married his first wife, Wanda, in 1970. After having four children together, they divorced in 1998. Wanda's divorce papers (filed in 1996) claimed that Clancy had "committed adultery with Katherine Huang" a New York assistant district attorney he met online.[2]

In 1993, Tom Clancy joined a group of investors that included Peter  and bought the Baltimore Orioles from Eli Jacobs. In 1998, he attempted to purchase the Minnesota Vikings and had a purchase agreement in place, but the deal fell through shortly after his divorce settlement greatly decreased his net worth.

In 1996, Clancy co-founded the game developer Red Storm Entertainment and ever since he has had his name on several of Red Storm's most successful games. Red Storm was later bought by publisher Ubisoft, which continues to use the Clancy name.

On 26 June 1999, Clancy, at age 53, married freelance journalist Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, who at 32 years of age was 21 years his junior.[3]

In 2008, Clancy's name was purchased by Ubisoft for an undisclosed sum for the use in conjunction with video games and related products such as movies and books. [1]

He passed away on October 2, 2013.

Political viewsEdit

Clancy has generally been regarded as a political conservative, and has donated over US$256,000 to Republican Party political candidates.[4]

After 9/11, Clancy was an early and, to many, surprising defender of Islam. He was interviewed on NBC later that day. Clancy has also associated himself with General Anthony Zinni, a critic of the Iraq War and the George W. Bush administration, and has been critical of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.[5] He was categorized as a northern paleoconservative.[6]

Some of his books bear dedications to Republican political figures, most notably Ronald Reagan. In his novels countries portrayed as hostile to the USA include the former Soviet Union, China, India, Iran and Japan while Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Kingdom are shown as close allies of the USA.

BibliographyEdit

The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears have been turned into commercially successful films with actors Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck, and Harrison Ford as Clancy's most famous fictional character Jack Ryan, while his second most famous character John Clark has been played by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber.

Clancy's 1989 novel Clear and Present Danger sold 1,625,544 hardcover copies, making it the #1 bestselling novel of the 1980s and making Clancy one of only two authors to have sold two million copies on a first printing in the 1990s. (John Grisham is the other author.) [2]

The first Net Force novel was adapted as a television movie, starring Scott Bakula and Joanna Going. The first Op-Center novel was released to coincide with a 1995 NBC television mini-series of the same name (Tom Clancy's Op-Center) starring Harry Hamlin and a cast of stars. Though the mini-series didn't continue the book series did, but it had little in common with the first mini-series other than the title and the names of the main characters.

The website IMDB reports that Tom Clancy's novel Without Remorse is to be made into a movie and is expected to be released in 2008. Filming is to commence in 2008. No other details were available as of 27 June 2007.

With the release of The Teeth of the Tiger, Clancy introduced Jack Ryan's son and two nephews as main characters. However, Jack Ryan returns in subsequent novels Dead or Alive, Locked On, and Threat Vector.

Clancy has written several nonfiction books about various branches of the U.S. armed forces (see Non-Fiction, below).

These are sometimes referred to by fans as "apostrophe" books; In 1997, Clancy signed a book deal with Penguin Putnam Inc. (both part of Pearson Education), that paid him US$50 million for the world-English rights to two new books. He then signed a second agreement for another US$25 million for a four-year book/multimedia deal. Clancy followed this up with an agreement with Berkley Books for 24 paperbacks to tie in with the television miniseries NetForce aired in the fall/winter of 1998. The Op-Center universe has laid the ground for the series of books written by Jeff Rovin, which was in an agreement worth US $22 million bringing the total value of the package to US$97 million.

All but two of Clancy's novels feature Jack Ryan or John Clark.

NovelsEdit

Jack Ryan SeriesEdit

Other NovelsEdit

Non-fictionEdit

Guided ToursEdit

Studies in CommandEdit

Other Non-FictionEdit

Publication Vs. Storyline OrderEdit

Clancy has printed twelve novels within the Ryanverse to date. Below is a chart that compares the released order to the storyline order.


# Publication Order Storyline Order
1st The Hunt for Red October Without Remorse
2nd Patriot Games Patriot Games
3rd The Cardinal of the Kremlin The Red Rabbit
4th Clear and Present Danger The Hunt for Red October
5th The Sum of All Fears The Cardinal of the Kremlin
6th Without Remorse Clear and Present Danger
7th Debt of Honor The Sum of All Fears
8th Executive Orders Debt of Honor
9th Rainbow Six Executive Orders
10th The Bear and the Dragon Rainbow Six
11th The Red Rabbit The Bear and the Dragon
12th The Teeth of the Tiger The Teeth of the Tiger


TriviaEdit

  • In March of 2008, Tom Clancy's home in Calvert County, Maryland had unfortunately caught fire causing roughly $20,000 in damages. Clancy, along with his family, had been home at the time but nobody had been injured.[7]
  • The BBC Radio 4 sitcom Deep Trouble, set on a nuclear submarine, features a humorous version of Clancy as a recurring character. He is portrayed by Ben Willbond, co-writer of the series.

SourcesEdit

  1. alt.books.tom-clancy post by Tom Clancy
  2. Tom Clancy's and Wanda Clancy's Relationship Details on Famous Hookups.com
  3. "Alexandra Llewellyn, Tom Clancy," The New York Times, June 27 1999.
  4. Tom Clancy - Political Donations at newsmeat.com
  5. Paperback Writer, The New Republic, 25 May 2004
  6. The Social Contract - Profiling In an Age of Terrorism
  7. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/03/29/clancy.fire/index.html
  1. Wikipedia
  2. ClancyFaq.com

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