Best selling author and novelist Tom Clancy speaks at the National Press Club May 18, 1999 in Washington, DC. Clancy is known foAlamy

Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66.

Clancy's publisher confirmed to the New York Times that the writer passed away in a Baltimore hospital yesterday. His thrilling novels were huge hits all over the world, and have been adapted for the screen to great success.

One of his most famous fictional characters is Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst who eventually works his way up to the White House. Ryan appeared as the protagonist in a series of Clancy novels and movies, including "The Hunt for Red October," "The Sum of All Fears," "Clear and Present Danger," "Patriot Games," and this December's "Jack Ryan." Ryan has been played by Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford, and Alec Baldwin. (Chris Pine will take on the role in the new film.)

Clancy also founded Red Storm Entertainment, which turned several of his properties into wildly successful video game series, such as "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six," "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon," and "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell."

Putnam's president Ivan Held told the NY Times, "He was a thrill to work with."
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