Kevin Kline (with Meryl Streep) in 'Sophie's Choice'
Kevin Kline (1947 - )
Mr. Phoebe Cates
Sophie's Choice (1982) [Nathan]: Commits suicide (off-screen) by taking poison, along with Meryl Streep. (It's ambiguous whether their deaths were a suicide pact or a murder-suicide.) Their bodies are shown afterwards when a policeman leads Peter MacNicol into their bedroom.

Hamlet (1990) [Hamlet]: Cut with a poison-tipped sword during a swordfight with Michael Cumpsty; he dies shortly afterwards, living long enough to kill Brian Murray first. (I haven't seen this version, but we're all familiar with the story...)

Chaplin (1992) [Douglas Fairbanks]: Dies (off-screen) of a heart attack; his death is mentioned during Anthony Hopkins' interview with Robert Downey Jr. (Thanks to Neil)

Dave (1993) [Dave Kovic/President Bill Mitchell]: Playing a dual role, "President Bill Mitchell" dies (off-screen) after a long period in a coma following a stroke (during which time "Dave" substitutes for him); we learn of his death from a news report afterwards. ("Dave" survives the movie.) (Thanks to Neil)

Fierce Creatures (1997) [Vince McCain/Rod McCain]: Playing a dual role as father and son, the elder character is accidentally shot in the head when the gun in Michael Palin's hands goes off. (Played for comic effect.)

Life as a House (2001) [George Monroe]: Dies of cancer. (Thanks to Fred)
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