BALTIMORE - Best-selling author Tom Clancy died Tuesday night in a Maryland hospital.
The Author's publicist confirmed his death to the New York Times. Clancy was 66.
Born in Baltimore, Clancy was an insurance salesman before he went on to write blockbuster espionage books, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger.
The books spawned commercially successful films with actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck as Clancy's most famous fictional character Jack Ryan. Clancy's other famous character, John Clark, has been played by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber.
"Tom's novels have always been prescient, whether they were about technology or military tactics or geo-political maneuvering," his editor, Tom Colgan, told USA TODAY in 2011 after the release of Against All Enemies
Clancy and his first wife Wanda married in 1969, and divorced in 1999. He went on to marry frelance journalist Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, whom he had met in 1997.
The author had other interests as well. In 1993 Clancy joined a team of investors to buy the Baltimore Orioles from Eli Jacobs and at one time he entertained ideas of purchasing the Minnesota Vikings.
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