3. Created by a legendary writer
Behind every great literary character is a great writer, and Jack Ryan is no different. The CIA agent was created by acclaimed author Tom Clancy (pictured) in 1984, first appearing in the novel “The Hunt for Red October.” Much like James Bond, who was created by Ian Fleming in 1953, Ryan has appeared in numerous books and spinoff series. In addition to his numerous film adaptations, Clancy’s written works have also generated many popular video games as well, including the “Ghost Reacon,” “Rainbow Six,” and “Splinter Cell” series. Unfortunately, the man behind these spy thrillers died last October at the age of 66.