Jack Ryan (character)

John Patrick Ryan, Sr. KCVO (Hon.) is a fictional character created by author Tom Clancy and featured in his Ryanverse novels, which have consistently topped the New York Times bestseller list over 30 years.[1] Since Clancy's death in 2013, four other authors have continued the franchise and its other connecting series with the approval of the Clancy family estate: Mark Greaney,[2] Grant Blackwood, Mike Maden, and Marc Cameron.[3]

Jack Ryan
Ryanverse character
Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October.
First appearanceThe Hunt for Red October (1984)
Created byTom Clancy
Portrayed by
In-universe information
  • Emmet William Ryan (father, deceased)
  • Catherine Burke Ryan (mother, deceased)
  • Special Agent Dominic "Enzo" Caruso, FBI (nephew)
  • Captain Brian "Aldo" Caruso, USMC (nephew, deceased)
SpouseCaroline "Cathy" Muller-Ryan
  • Olivia Barbara "Sally" Ryan
  • John Patrick "Jack" Ryan Jr.
  • Kathleen "Katie" Ryan
  • Kyle Daniel Ryan
ReligionRoman Catholic

The son of a Baltimore police detective and a nurse, Ryan is a former U.S. Marine and stockbroker who becomes a civilian history professor at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). Ryan joins the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an analyst and occasional field officer, eventually leaving it as Deputy Director. After retiring from the CIA, Ryan later served as National Security Advisor and Vice President before suddenly becoming President of the United States following a terrorist attack on the United States Capitol. Ryan went on to serve two non-consecutive terms and mostly dealt with international crises in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Jack Ryan has been portrayed in film adaptations by actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine. The Jack Ryan film series from 1990 to 2014 have an unadjusted worldwide gross revenue of $788.4 million to date,[4] making it the 57th highest-grossing film series.[5] John Krasinski is the fifth and latest actor to portray Ryan in the Amazon Prime web series of the same name, which was first broadcast in 2018.[6]

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