According to Publishers Weekly and the New York Times, best-selling author Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66. The author’s publisher confirmed that Clancy passed away last night at a hospital in Baltimore.
During his career as a writer, Tom Clancy set the standard for military novels. Clancy wrote 17 novels that landed the No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Clancy’s first novel The Hunt For Red October was published in 1984 and sold over five million copies. The book was later adapted for the big screen in 1988 and starred Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and James Earl Jones. Clancy’s books Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger were also adapted into films and featured Harrison Ford as Clancy’s recurring character Jack Ryan. Ben Affleck took over the role of Ryan in 2002 for the film adaptation of Clancy’s The Sum of All Fears.
In the mid-90s, Clancy also broke into the gaming industry with popular videogame franchises like Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell.
Tom Clancy has one more novel, Command Authority, scheduled to be released at the end of the year.