TORONTO’S DENIS AKIYAMA, ACTOR IN ‘JOHNNY MNEMONIC’ AND ‘PIXELS,’ DIES AT 66

The Toronto native was prolific across film, television, stage and anime for four decades.

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Denis Akiyama, who battled Keanu Reeves in Johnny Mnemonic and portrayed the real-life creator of Pac-Man in Pixels, has died. He was 66.

Akiyama died Thursday in his hometown of Toronto after battling a “very rare and aggressive cancer,” his son, Kintaro Akiyama, told The Hollywood Reporter. “He went peacefully into the light on the morning of the full moon,” he said.

Akiyama was in Captive Hearts (1987) opposite Pat Morita and in David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers(1988), and he played a mobster landlord in Balance of Power (1996) opposite Billy Blanks and Mako. He also worked often in thrillers like Sidney Lumet’s Guilty as Sin (1993) and Michael Apted’s Extreme Measures (1996).

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