Tom Clancy

Born Apr 12, 1947

Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy, Jr. is an American author, best known for his technically-detailed espionage, military science, and techno thriller storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, along with video games on which he did not work, but which bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Clancy.


1947 Birth Clancy was born on April 12, 1947, at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in the Northwood neighborhood. … Read More


1965 18 Years Old His mother worked to send him to the private Catholic Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Maryland, from which he graduated in 1965.


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He then attended Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Baltimore, graduating in 1969 with a degree in English literature. … Read More
1973 26 Years Old In 1973, he joined the O. F. Bowen Agency, a small insurance agency based in Owings, Maryland, founded by his wife's grandfather.


1980 33 Years Old In 1980, he purchased the insurance agency from his wife's grandmother and wrote novels in his spare time. … Read More
1982 35 Years Old Clancy's literary career began in 1982 when he started writing The Hunt for Red October, which in 1984 he sold for publishing to the Naval Institute Press for $5,000. … Read More


1988 41 Years Old By 1988, Clancy had earned $1.3 million for The Hunt for Red October and had signed a $3 million contract for his next three books.


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By 1997, Penguin Putnam Inc. (part of Pearson Education) reportedly would pay Clancy $50 million for world rights to two new books and another $25 million to Red Storm Entertainment for a four-year book/multimedia deal.
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Clancy followed this up with an agreement with Penguin's Berkley Books for 24 paperbacks to tie in with the ABC television miniseries Tom Clancy's Net Force aired in the fall/winter of 1998. … Read More
1999 52 Years Old On June 26, 1999, Clancy married freelance journalist Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, whom he had met in 1997. … Read More
A long-time holder of conservative and Republican views, Clancy dedicated books to American conservative political figures, most notably Ronald Reagan. A week after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, on The O'Reilly Factor, Clancy suggested that left-wing politicians in the United States were partly responsible for the attacks due to their "gutting" of the Central Intelligence Agency.


They remained together until Clancy's death in October 2013. … Read More
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