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Obit: Tom Clancy, Author of Jack Ryan Thrillers 'Hunt for Red October,' 'Patriot Games' and More, Has Died at 66 (FILM CLIPS)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 2, 2013 at 12:52PM

Tom Clancy, bestselling author of many a thriller that would find an even wider audience with the help of Hollywood adaptations, has died at age 66. Check out clips below from his four books turned into films, "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of All Fears."
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Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy, bestselling author of many a thriller that would find an even wider audience with the help of Hollywood adaptations, has died at age 66. Check out clips below from his four books turned into films "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of All Fears."

Pine and Costner in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'
Pine and Costner in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

All four thrillers feature Clancy's famous protagonist, CIA agent Jack Ryan, who would go on to be Commander-In-Chief in later stories. Alec Baldwin played Ryan in John McTiernan's brilliant actioner "Hunt for Red October," which was lensed by Jan Debont, the filmmaking team that went on to shoot "Die Hard." The role was handed over to Harrison Ford for "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger" due to Baldwin's renewal demands. He wound up doing a play on Broadway instead and lost a career-making franchise. Ben Affleck played Ryan in 2002's "Sum of All Fears." 

A final Jack Ryan book, "Command Authority," will be published posthumously on December 3. And Paramount's long-awaited Clancy series reboot, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine in the title role, with Branagh, Keira Knightley, and Kevin Costner, will be released December 25.

Clancy was an ardent military enthusiast, and co-authored a number of non-fiction books about U.S. actions abroad, such as "Into the Storm: On the Ground in Iraq" and "Every Man a Tiger: The Gulf War Air Campaign." Many more of his novels and characters populate an endless number of military video games. 

Clips below:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.