|Days of Heaven (1978) [The Farmer]: Stabbed to death with his own knife in a struggle with Richard Gere, after Sam attacks Richard. (Thanks to Mac)
Raggedy Man (1981) [Bailey]: Fatally injured in a struggle with William Sanderson and Tracey Walter, after he catches them trying to rape Sissy Spacek. (I haven't seen this movie myself, but got the information from a plot synopsis.)
The Pelican Brief (1993) [Professor Thomas Callahan]: Killed in an explosion by a car bomb. (Thanks to Treece)
Hamlet (2000) [Ghost]: Poisoned (off-screen) by Kyle MacLachlan; Sam appears as a ghost to his son (Ethan Hawke) throughout the movie.
Swordfish (2001) [Senator James Reisman]: Shot in the chest by John Travolta while Sam is fishing in a stream.
The Notebook (2004) [Frank Calhoun]: Dies (off-screen) of natural causes; we learn of his death in James Garner's narration, followed by a scene of Sam's funeral. (Thanks to Neil)
Stealth (2005) [Captain George Cummings]: Commits suicide when Joe Morton comes to arrest him. (Thanks to Mathew)
Killing Them Softly (2012) [Dillon]: Stabbed in the stomach; he dies (off-screen) of his wound some time afterwards. His death is confirmed when Brad Pitt informs Richard Jenkins. (Thanks to Tommy, Tim, and Matthew)
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