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Tom Clancy

Clancy at [[Boston College]]'s Burns Library in November 1989 Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy, Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist and historian best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, and for video games that bear his name for promotional purposes. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also a brand for similar movie scripts written by ghost writers and non-fiction books on military subjects. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and Vice Chairman of their Community Activities and Public Affairs committees.

Clancy's literary career began in 1984 when he sold ''The Hunt for Red October'' for $5,000. Clancy's fiction works, ''The Hunt for Red October'' (1984), ''Patriot Games'' (1987), ''Clear and Present Danger'' (1989), and ''The Sum of All Fears'' (1991), have been turned into commercially successful films with actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine 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. He died on October 1, 2013, of an undisclosed illness.
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