Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. was an an insurance agent turned 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 were sold. His name was also used on movie scripts written by ghostwriters, nonfiction books on military subjects occasionally with co-authors, and video games. He was a part-owner of his hometown Major League Baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles of the American League and vice-chairman of their community activities and public affairs committees. Clancy was an ordinary American citizen who was an insurance agent. His literary career began in 1984 when he sold his first military thriller novel The Hunt for Red October for $5,000 published by the small academic Naval Institute Press of Annapolis, Maryland.
|Born||Thomas Leo Clancy Jr, April 12, 1947, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Died||October 1, 2013, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Loyola College (BA)|
|Genre||Techno-thriller, Spy fiction, Crime fiction, Realistic fiction, Military history, Historical fiction|
Bestselling American author of novels about war, intrigue, and espionage. His best known works-- many of which were adapted into successful screenplays-- include The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears.
He studied English at Loyola College in Baltimore. Following his graduation, he spent some time running an independent insurance agency before making his writing debut.
In addition to being a writer, he also became a partial owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
He and his two siblings were born in Baltimore, Maryland to Catherine Clancy and U.S. Postal Service worker, Thomas Clancy. His first wife, Wanda Thomas King, died in 1999, and he subsequently married journalist Alexandra Llewllyn. He had five children.
He sold more than two million copies of Clear and Present Danger on the book's first printing. Author J.K. Rowling accomplished the same feat with her Harry Potter series.
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