Life and Times: Tom Clancy

Writer Tom Clancy, known for his military espionage novels and similar-themed videogames, has died at 66. This is his life in pictures.

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Prolific author of military thrillers that were made into box office smashes like "The Hunt for Red October" and "Clear and Present Danger," has died at the age of 66. Click to see his life and times.
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Tom Clancy was bord in Baltimore, Md. He first made a name for himself in the ‘80s for his suspenseful espionage and military novels.
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Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman starred the 2002 film adaptation of Clancy's best-selling novel "The Sum of All Fears." The book includes Jack Ryan, a fictional character that appears in many of Clancy's novels. It was the fourth of his "Jack Ryan" books to be turned into a film.
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Tom Clancy wrote 17 number-one bestselling novels throughout his career. His newest book,"Command Authority," is due to hit bookshelves on Dec. 3.
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Tom Clancy founded video game developer Red Storm Entertainment in 1996. The successful video game series "Splinter Cell" has since been released under his name.
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Tom Clancy's "Splinter Cell" is considered one of Ubisoft's most profitable games, having sold millions of copies worldwide.
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Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and Scott Glenn starred in the 1990 movie "The Hunt for Red October" based on a novel written by Clancy of the same name. The movie grossed $200 million worldwide.
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Born in Baltimore, Md., Clancy first made his name in ‘80s for his suspenseful military novels. His thrillers mainly dealt with espionage and military tactics during the Cold War.
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Harrison Ford and Willem Dafoe starred in the 1994 film adaptation of Clancy's novel "Clear and Present Danger." The film features CIA analyst Jack Ryan who takes on a Columbian drug cartel.
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Harrison Ford and Sean Bean starred in the 1992 film adaptation of Clancy's novel "Patriot Games." The film debuted at no. 1 at the box office.
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In 1993, Clancy bought the Baltimore Orioles along with a team of investors to buy the Baltimore Orioles. He was a part-time owner of the team until his death.
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Author Tom Clancy co-wrote a novel with Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni (from George Bush's Middle East envoy during 2001-2003) entitled "Battle Ready." The work is a memoir about Zinni's career critiques the Iraq war.
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Clancy worked as an insurance salesman in rural Maryland when he sold his first novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” to the Naval Institute Press for only $5,000, according to The New York Times.
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Clancy graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore in 1969. He actually wanted to join the military and even joining the Army R.O.T.C., however was told that he was too nearsighted to qualify, according to The Associated Press.
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Chris Pine will star in "Jack Ryan: Shadow One," Clancy's latest film to be released Christmas 2013. Jack Ryan films have earned a worldwide box office of $779.6 million over the years, according to NBC News.
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