Author Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler, American adventure novelist and underwater explorer

Here are some interesting facts about Clive Cussler:

  • He was born on July 15, 1931, in Aurora IL.
  • Cussler grew up in Alhambra, CA.
  • He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14.
  • Cussler attended Pasadena College for 2 years and then enlisted in the US Air Force during the Korean War.
  • He worked as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer for the Military Air Transport Service and was promoted to sergeant.
  • After the Air Force, Cussler worked in the advertising industry as a copywriter and then as a creative director.
  • He is a fellow of the Explorers Club of NY, the Royal Geographical Society in London, and the American Society of Oceanographers.
  • Cussler began writing in 1965 when his wife took a job at night and he had no one to talk to after caring for their children in the evenings.
  • His first work featuring the popular adventure series hero, Dirk Pitt®, was published in 1973.
  • Dirk Pitt was named after one of his own sons, Dirk.
  • Cussler has had more than 17 consecutive titles reach the NY Times best seller list.
  • As an underwater explorer, he has discovered more than 60 shipwrecks.
  • Cussler is an internationally recognized expert on shipwrecks.
  • He has written nonfiction books about his findings.
  • Cussler is founder of the National Underwater Marine Agency, a nonprofit organization.
  • He often writes himself into his books, something that started as a joke which he had expected his editor to remove.
  • His book “The Tombs” also includes his second wife, Janet.
  • The name Leigh Hunt for a character appears in 17 of his books.
  • He married his wife Barbara Knight in 1955 and remained married until her death in 2003.