Denis Akiyama was a Japanese-Canadian actor.
Akiyama’s film credits include 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic, 2010’s Repo Men and Resident Evil: Afterlife, and 2015’s Pixels, in which he played a fictionalized version of Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani in the comedy that starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage.
In animation, Akiyama’s credits over a four-decade-long career included voicing Malachite on Sailor Moon and key roles on X-Men (as Silver Surfer), The Adventures of Tin-Tin, Monster House, Little Bear, Delilah & Julius, and Scaredy Squirrel, as well as in several anime series including Power Stone and as Mr. Referee on Medabots.
Akiyama, a staple in Canadian film and TV, also voiced roles in numerous video games including two Rainbow Six titles, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and as narrator in Onimusha.
His last credited role was Koji Yasuda on Carter, a Canadian comedic crime drama starring Jerry O’Connell.
Akiyama died June 28, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was 66.