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James Cromwell (1940 - )
- Eraser (1996) [William Donohue]: Commits suicide by shooting himself in the mouth after he finds out that Vanessa L. Williams has been exposing his criminal activities from a hidden camera.
- L.A. Confidential (1997) [Captain Dudley Smith]: Shot in the back with a shotgun by Guy Pearce as James starts to walk away after the big shoot-out.
- Species II (1998) [Senator Judson Ross]: Stabbed/impaled by a tentacle when Justin Lazard starts to transform into an alien while embracing him his body is later seen when Michael Madsen discovers him sprawled on the ground.
- The Green Mile (1999) [Warden Hal Moores]: Dies off-screen during the passage of time between the flashback scenes and the present-day framing sequence; his death is mentioned when Dabbs Greer lists his friends who have died.
- I, Robot (2004) [Dr. Alfred Lanning]: Thrown out of a window off-screen by Alan Tudyk after James orders Alan to do so. We only see his body on the floor in the scene of the crime, the circumstances of his death are revealed later.
- Tortured (2008) [Jack]: Suddenly shot to death by Laurence Fishburne as James is talking to Cole Hauser.
- Surrogates (2009) [Dr. Lionel Canter]: Commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide pill, while Bruce Willis desperately tries to save him.
- Memorial Day (2012) [Bud Vogel]: Dies of old age while sitting in his rocking chair. His body is shortly discovered afterwards by his wife. His grave is later visited by Jonathan Bennett.
- Soldiers of Fortune (2012) [Samuel Haussman]: Killed in an explosion, when James decides to sacrifice himself and shoot a flammable canister after being mortally wounded in a gunfight against Colm Meaney's men.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) [Benjamin Lockwood]: Smothered in his bed with a cushion off-screen by Rafe Spall; we only see his amber cane shattering on the floor. We see his body later when Isabella Sermon discovers him, and again when Rafe pretends to "find" James before showing the body to Geraldine Chaplin.
- The Laundromat (2019) [Joe Martin]: Drowns along with 21 others after Robert Patrick accidentally causes the boat that they are all in to capsize.
- All in the Family: Stretch Cunningham, Goodbye (1977) [Stretch Cunningham]: Although James did not actually appear in this episode, it dealt with his character's off-screen death and funeral.
- Amazing Stories: One for the Road (1986) [Francis]: A newspaper headline states that James along with co-conspirators Joe Pantoliano, Geoffrey Lewis and Al Ruscio was sentenced to death for the attempted murder of Douglas Seale.
- Matlock: Nowhere to Turn (1990) [Judge Raymond Price]: Shot in the chest by J. Kenneth Campbell in James' office.
- Jake and the Fatman: It Never Entered My Mind (1991) [Russell Havilland]: Struck over the head by Mark L. Taylor during a struggle in James' office.
- A Slight Case of Murder (A Travesty) (1999) [John Edgerson]: Bludgeoned to death with a hammer byWilliam H. Macy in William's apartment; the scene cuts away just as William brings the hammer down.
- RKO 281 (1999) [William Randolph Hearst]: Dies off-screen in 1951. His death is mention in the on-screen text at the end.
- ER: The Crossing (2001) [Bishop Stewart]: Dies of complications from diabetes.
- Salem's Lot (2004 mini-series) [Father Callahan]: Fatally injured in a fall during a struggle with Rob Lowe.
- Six Feet Under: Everyone's Waiting (2005) [George Sibley]: Dies off-screen presumably of natural causes, at some point between the 2025 epilogue and the 2030 epilogue.
- 24: Day 6: 4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. (2007) [Phillip Bauer]: Killed in an explosion when the oil rig he's on is destroyed by a missile strike.
- Impact (2008 TV; mini series) [Lloyd]: Dies of heart failure due to his disease and injuries sustained earlier in a car crash, while talking to Owen Best & Natasha Calis. With his body is later seen when onlookers find them crying over his body. Note: this is not the theatrical 1998 film Deep Impact, which James had appeared in.
- American Horror Story: Asylum; The Name Game (2013) [Dr. Arthur Arden]: Commits suicide by burning himself alive with Lily Rabe's body as he's cremating her.
- Counterpart: Better Angels (2019) [Yanek]: Infected by influenza in park at the end of episode.
- Son of John Cromwell and Kay Johnson.
- Ex-Mr. Julie Cobb.