Tom Clancy's Pop Culture Legacy (Photos)

Bestselling author Tom Clancy died Tuesday, but his empire lives on. His works have spawned four blockbuster movies, with another one due out in December, and he created several hit video games during his lifetime. See his crossover pop-culture successes.

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Tom Clancy, 1947-2013

Bestselling author Tom Clancy died Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital at the age of 66. Clancy's fast-paced, action-packed military thrillers, starring Jack Ryan, a CIA operative who goes on to become the President of the United States, were perfectly suited for Hollywood and spawned four blockbuster movies. Clancy didn't stop there; he also co-founded the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment, lending his name to Red Storm’s most successful games. See his crossover success in pop culture over the years.

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The Hunt For Red October

Clancy earned $1.3 million for his first book, 1984's The Hunt for Red October, which was turned into a film in 1990, starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin (playing Jack Ryan), and Scott Glenn. It made $200 million at the box office.

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Patriot Games

Clancy's third book, Patriot Games, came out in 1987 and was turned into a 1992 blockbuster starring Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan. It earned $178 million at the box office.

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Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger reprises Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan, and earned $215.8 million in 1994.

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The Sum of All Fears

The Sum of All Fears earned $193.9 million at the box office and starred Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan.

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Clancy's film legacy is far from over. On Christmas Day, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is scheduled to be released, with Chris Pine playing a young Ryan. The movie will also star Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, and Kevin Costner.

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Rainbow Six

Clancy's 1998 novel Rainbow Six was released to coincide with this hit video game, which was Red Storm Entertainment's third game.


Ghost Recon

Clancy's Ghost Recon series began in 2001. The games are not based on Clancy books, but instead have been novelized by Grant Blackwood under the pseudonym David Michaels.


Splinter Cell

Another series that became a hit was Splinter Cell, which began in 2002.


The Division

The latest Red Storm game to bear Clancy's name is The Division, which will be released in 2014.