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King of the thriller is gone

  • Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy dies at the age of 66
  • Clancy's legacy includes novels, movies and video games

Tom Clancy, the undisputed king of the political thriller, died Tuesday at a Baltimore hospital. He was 66 . 

Clancy's books “The Hunt for Red October,” “Clear and Present Danger,” and many others were made into big screen blockbusters that helped Clancy dominate Hollywood thrillers for nearly two decades.

His iconic character, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, was played by Hollywood's biggest stars, including  Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. Best-selling thriller writer and TV show creator Brad Meltzer, calls Clancy his hero: “If you write thrillers today, you owe Tom Clancy… He paved the way. A huge loss for all of us tonight.”

Watch  Showbiz Tonight on HLN at 11 p.m. ET/PT to find out who Meltzer thinks was the best Jack Ryan of all time.  

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