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Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy at Boston College's Burns Library in November 1989
Born Thomas Leo Clancy, Jr.
(1947-04-12)April 12, 1947
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died October 1, 2013(2013-10-01) (aged 66)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter
Nationality American
Period 1984–2013
Genres Techno-thriller, crime fiction,
non-fiction, spy fiction
Wanda Clancy (m. 1969–1999)
Alexandra Llewellyn (m. 1999–2013)
(his death)

Thomas Leo "Tom" Clancy Jr. (April 12, 1947 - October 1, 2013) was an American writer and screenwriter. His books are thrillers about politics, spys and the military. Most of his books include many technical details about their subjects. Seventeen of his novels were best-sellers, with over 100 million copies in print. His stories take place during and after the Cold War. He owned with some other people a Major League Baseball team. Clancy also produced popular video games.

Early life

Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. was born on April 12, 1947, in Maryland. He finished school 1965. After school he studied English Literature at Loyola College in Baltimore and finished that in 1968. He said he studied English because he was not smart enough to do physics.

Personal life

Clancy married his first wife, Wanda, in the 1970s. They have four children together and separated in 1998.

In 1993, Clancy bought with some other people the Baltimore Orioles (Baseball team) from Eli Jacobs.

In 1999, Clancy, at age 52, married the 32-year-old writer Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, on June 26. Llewellyn is a distant relative of Colin Powell.

Political views

Clancy is known to have been politically conservative, and gave over $200,000 to Republican Party politicians.


Clancy died October 1, 2013, after a brief illness at Johns Hopkins Hospital, near his Baltimore home. No cause of death was released. Clancy is survived by his wife, Alexandra; their daughter, Alexis; and four children from a previous marriage to Wanda King: Michelle Bandy, Christine Blocksidge, Kathleen Clancy and Thomas Clancy III. His cause of death was later confirmed to be heart failure.

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