Baltimore lost one its most famous authors Tuesday with the death of Tom Clancy.
The Baltimore native, who died at The Johns Hopkins Hospital after a brief illness at age 66, went from insurance salesman to a best-selling author of technically detailed espionage and military science books, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears—all of which were adapted into major Hollywood films.
In the late ‘90s, he also co-founded the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment.
In 2002, Forbes wrote, “Clancy can produce a guaranteed bestseller just by writing two words: his name.”
A lifetime supporter of conservative causes and a member of the National Rifle Association since 1978, he was also a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.