The man who went hunting for Red October
, enjoyed playing Patriot Games
, and could easily spot a Rainbow Six
is no longer with us, reports
CNN, who informs us that novelist Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66 from unknown causes.
Clancy, who was born in Baltimore and worked as an insurance agent before achieving fame as an author of military-themed political thrillers, more often than not made the New York Times
' best-sellers list with his nearly 30 works of fiction.
"Tom was smart, a great story teller and a real gentleman," said Alec Baldwin, who shared a leading role with Sean Connery in the 1990 film version of The Hunt for Red October
A rep for Clancy's publisher said he was "deeply saddened" by news of the author's death.
"He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time," said David Shanks of the Penguin group.
on Clancy's political leanings:
"Outside of his creative work, Clancy was a supporter of the Republican Party and became a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association in 1978."
Ronald Reagan was reportedly a fan of The Hunt for Red October
, which he received as a Christmas gift in the mid-1980s. The ex-president "quipped at a dinner that he was losing sleep because he couldn't put the book down." This praise for Clancy from as high a place as the Oval Office helped launch his career, the author confessed.
Via CNN and FOX