Tom Clancy, 66, Has Died

Best-selling author and gaming pioneer Tom Clancy died yesterday in a Baltimore hospital at the age of 66.

Clancy’s publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin), made the announcement without providing a cause of death.

Known worldwide for his novels, including Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and Rainbow Six, Clancy’s chief protagonist Jack Ryan successfully made the leap to Hollywood with a number of films. Clancy also actively brought his espionage universe to gaming, first with a Commodore version of The Hunt for Red October in 1987 and a series of PC games through various developers before going on to co-found Red Storm Studios in 1996. From there the Tom Clancy name became synonymous with gaming franchises like Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell, among others.

Ubisoft is set to release open-world shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division as well as Rainbow Six: Patriots in 2014.

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2 Comments on Tom Clancy, 66, Has Died


On October 2, 2013 at 10:05 am

Very sorry to hear this. I won’t pretend that I enjoyed every Tom Clancy game but I have for the most part enjoyed Splinter Cell, and there’s no denying the legacy he’s left behind and the influence he’s had on the industry.



On October 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I tried to read a Clancy book once and I just couldn’t. Seemed incredibly dry, disjointed and just hard to digest. I also lost a ton of respect for him for him when a reporter asked him about the military’s ongoing “peacekeeping” roles in Iraq and elsewhere. He laughed off the idea saying that the military only knew how to kill. I had a sudden depressing suion that he was a phony who was making a fortune off of people who put their lives on the line. I should have realized it sooner, honestly: in every Clancy film I’ve seen (and presumably the books as well) its always the intelligence people who are the real heroes and the soldiers are just dumb guys with guns. Still, he did make real-time tactical shooters a big deal. Hidden and Dangerous predates Rainbow Six but it never really made an impact. Hopefully I’m wrong about ol’ Tom, but in any case I will thank him for those games and let history judge the rest.