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Denis Akiyama
Denis Akiyama
Born Denis Akiyama
June 22, 1952
Toronto, Ontario
Died June 28, 2018 (Age 66)
Toronto, Ontario
Characters played Sunfire
Silver Samurai
Chris Johnson

Denis Akiyama (born June 22, 1952; died June 28, 2018) was an actor who played Sunfire, Silver Samurai, and Iceman on X-Men; the first voice of Uatu on Silver Surfer; and Dr. Chris Johnson on The Avengers: United They Stand. He has been credited as Dennis Akayama and Dennis Akiyama.


Other notable works include Captive Hearts, Friday's Curse, Blood Relations, Street Legal, War of the Worlds, Rupert, Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop, The Adventures of Tintin, Monster Force, Johnny Mnemonic, Sailor Moon, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Little Bear, The Busy World of Richard Scarry, F/X: The Series, Medabots, Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend, After Alice, The Judge, Odyssey 5, The Brady Bunch in the White House, The Wonderful World of Disney, Welcome to Mooseport, The Pacifier, A Christmas Wedding, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Toot & Puddle, Chilly Beach: The Canadian President, Repo Men, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Franny's Feet, She's the Mayor, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Scaredy Squirrel, 12 Monkeys, Pixels, Inspector Gadget, and Carter.

Akiyama passed away on June 28th, 2018 at the age of sixty-six following a battle with a "very rare and aggressive cancer," according to his son Kintaro. His son said of his passing, "He went peacefully into the light on the morning of the full moon." Survivors also include his wife Danielle, daughter Miya, and brother Barry.[1]

Kintaro said of his father's life, "My dad was an actor and consequently a relentless entertainer. He shared his love and guidance with the world, which had a lasting impact on me throughout my formative years. I was lucky enough to work with him professionally on a picture, Eloise at the Plaza, in which we played a father and son. That film eternalized a wonderful and magical bond that was both real and fictionalized. His grace and wisdom will remain and continue to guide me and the rest of the world through life."


  1. Denis Akiyama, Actor in 'Johnny Mnemonic' and 'Pixels,' Dies at 66 at The Hollywood Reporter

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