- Joined the Army ROTC in college, but was told he was too near-sighted to be considered for a military career.
- Worked as an insurance agent before becoming an author.
- First novel, The Hunt for Red October, was released in 1984; then-President Reagan praised the book, which led to a huge increase in sales.
- Co-founded Red Storm Entertainment in 1996, which released video games based on his books.
- Was a minority owner of the Baltimore Orioles and nearly bought the Minnesota Vikings before his divorce derailed his plans.
- Wanda Thomas — Ex-wife
- Christine Blocksidge — Daughter
- Thomas Leo Clancy Sr. — Father
- Thomas Leo Clancy III — Son
- Alexandra Marie Llewellyn — Wife
- Alexis Clancy — Daughter
- Michelle Bandy — Daughter
- Kathleen Clancy — Daughter
- Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, United States (1969)
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