Facundo Arana

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Facundo Arana
Born Jorge Facundo Arana von Bernard
(1972-03-31) March 31, 1972 (age 44)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Occupation Actor, Musician
Years active 1990s-present
Spouse(s) Maria Susini
Children India
Yaco (twin)
Moro (twin)
Parent(s) Jorge Arana-Tagle
Mathilde von Bernard

Jorge Facundo Arana von Bernard (born March 31, 1972) is an Argentine actor and musician. He is the winner of various awards for television and theater in Argentina. Arana is also noted for his solidarity work.

Early life[edit]

Arana was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father, Dr. Jorge Arana Tagle, is a recognized attorney of Admiralty law and professor at the University of Buenos Aires, and his mother, Mathilde von Bernard, is a former hockey player of German ancestry. He has three sisters. He was first taken to an acting class by a friend at the age of fifteen. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. Arana received treatment for much of 1989 and underwent regular testing until 1994, when he was finally declared cancer-free.


Early work (1992–1998)[edit]

He began performing in Argentine telenovelas in 1992, playing smaller parts. Arana is also a musician, having studied the saxophone. While he struggled to get bigger acting jobs at Telefe, he met a street musician and the two became friends, with Arana performing on the Buenos Aires streets for many months. In 1995, his acting career took off after he was castin the hit telenovela Perla Negra (Black Pearl), alongside Andrea Del Boca. In 1996, he acted in another telenovela, named Sueltos (Loose).

His participation in Montaña Rusa, Otra Vuelta (Lets go for Another Round on the Rollercoaster) a teenager-oriented telenovela, paved the way for Arana to be chosen as Alejo in Chiquititas (Tiny Angels). He played the lead in the fourth season of the popular show; this proved to be the highest-rated season in the show's seven-year run. At the same time, he worked with the well known Argentine actor Gastón Pauls in a play named El Rafa.

Breakthrough, Muneca Brava & film career (1999–2001)[edit]

After Chiquititas, Arana was cast in the 1999 telenovela Muñeca Brava, where he appeared alongside Natalia Oreiro. Airing on Telefe, Muñeca Brava became a huge hit and was sold worldwide, with success in over 50 countries and territories. The success of the show consolidated his status as a leading man. In 2000, Arana and Malena Solda played a romantic couple in Buenos Vecinos (Good Neighbors). Later, he starred in the 2001 series Yago, Pasión Morena (Yago, Dark Passion), with actress Gianella Neyra. Arana filmed his first movie, La Fuga (The Escape), in 2001. He also reprised his role as Alejo for the Chiquititas feature film. Both movies did well at the box office being the number one and two most watched in Argentina that year.

Further success, move to Canal 13& Theater (2002–2007)[edit]

After four years in Telefe, Arana moved to Canal 13, where he had an important role in the successful police show 099 Central. In 2004, he starred as the title character in Padre Coraje, for which he received numerous awards, including a Martin Fierro de Oro.He made his first attempt on the stage in 2005 with the play Visiting Mr. Green where he held the role of Ross Gardiner,the play had huge success being the most watched play that year in Argentina and led him to win various awards. In 2006, he reunited with Natalia Oreiro for another Pol-ka/Canal 13 production, Sos mi vida, which was the year's highest-rated television program in Argentina.[1]

Back to Telefe, Solidarity & Everest (2008–2012)[edit]

In 2008, he returned to Telefe for the thriller soap Vidas robadas for which he also received many awards.Later he started a tour in Argentina with the theatrical play Poder se puede which promoted the importance of early detection of cancer,[2] and filmed the documentary Donar Sangre Salva Vidas for which he climbed on the top of Aconcagua to raise the awareness of blood donation.[3] After a small break he returned to the small screen in 2011,again cooperating with Telefe,starring in the romantic comedy Cuando me sonreis.[4] In 2012, he decided to make an expedition to Everest to promote his blood donation campaign, while telefe offered to broadcast a documentary. He reached the base camp at 5,364 metres (17,598 ft) but the Altitude sickness made him stop climbing for a few days, during his second attempt Arana's illness progressed to high altitude pulmonary HAPE and cerebral HACE edema which led to Arana's emergency evacuation to Kathmandu. The news was big in Argentina and after some days, to calm his fans, Arana announced that he would fully recover and that the main target of the trip to promote the "Donar Sangre Salva Vidas" campaign would succeed as the flag of the organisation would reach the top even without him.[5]

En el aire, Farsantes & The Blue Light Orchestra (2013–present)[edit]

In the summer of 2013 he returned to theater, as the lead actor of the play En el aire which was written and directed by Manuel González Gil.[6] Later this year he joined the cast of Farsantes, portraying the role of Alberto Marini.[7] In 2014, after he left the series Farsantes, Arana deciced to focus on music for a while and along with The Blue Light Orchestra, he toured Argentina as a singer and musician.

Solidarity work[edit]

The last years Arana has devoted his life and most of his work to solidarity causes.Being appointed as 'ambassador' of the Fundaleu foundation he participates in all of its campaigns,while he has been the face or participated in several other foundation's campaigns such as UNICEF.[8] He is the founder of "Donar Sangre Salva Vidas" campaign for which he has filmed two documentaries and supports it consecutive .He also has moved his acting career towards this target,with Vidas robadas and Poder se puede with which he traveled in the most isolated parts of Argentina.In 2012 he became the "Godfather" of the first university for indigenous students of Abra Pampa in Jujuy Province.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Besides being a saxophone player, Arana has many hobbies and he has taken part in many extreme sports like diving,water-skiing,surfing,formula and motorcycles races. He's been a licensed pilot since March 2006. He is also an amateur climber. Arana has a blog and has published some of his cartoons in newspapers. He has claimed that if he wasn't an actor he would like to be a world champion surfer, a climber, a cartoonist or a novelist.[10]

He had a relationship with the actress Isabel Macedo for ten years. He is married to actress Maria Susini. Together, they have three children: a daughter, India Arana (born 2008) and twin boys, Yaco and Moro (born in 2009).[11][12]


Year Title Role Notes and Awards
2001 La Fuga Victor Gans
2001 Chiquititas: Rincón de luz Alejo
2007 Tocar el cielo Santiago
2010 El agua del fin del mundo Martin
Year Title Role Notes and Awards
1993 Canto Rodado Ramiro
1993 La flaca escopeta Facundo
1994 Alta comedia
1994 Marco el candidato Willy Cassirone
1995 Perla Negra Leonardo Bastidas
1995 Montaña Rusa, Otra vuelta Willy
1996 Sueltos Ignacio
1996 Zingara Rodolfo "Rudy" Moretti
1997 El Rafa
1997 Chiquititas Alejo/Manuel Méndez Ayala
1998 Muñeca Brava Ivo Di Carlo Viva 2000 Israel – Best Actor
1999 Buenos Vecinos Diego Pinillos
2001 Tiempo Final Pablo Participation
2001 Yago, pasión morena Yago Valdez Martin Fierro – Best Actor
2002 099 Central Tomás Ledesma Martin Fierro – Best Actor
2004 Padre Coraje Coraje/Padre Juan Martin Fierro – Best Actor

Festival y Mercado de la Telenovela Iberoamericana(FyMTI) -Best Actor

  • The series won a Golden Martin Fierro(Martin Fierro de Oro)
2006 Sos mi vida Martin Quesada Martin Fierro – Best Comedy Actor
2008 Vidas Robadas Bautista Amaya Nominated – Martin Fierro – Best Actor and Seoul International Drama Awards-Best actor
  • The series won a Golden Martin Fierro[13] and numerous other awards
2011 Cuando me sonreis Gaston Murfi Nominated – Martin Fierro – Best Actor[14]
2012 Expedición Everest Presenter Martin Fierro – Best Documentary[15]
2013-2014 Farsantes Alberto Marini Nominated – Martin Fierro – Best Actor[16]


Year Title Role Notes and Awards
1998 Chiquititas en el teatro Adaptation of the TV-series
2005 Visitando al Sr. Green Ross Gardiner ACE award -Male Revelation

Florencio Sánchez award-Male Revelation

2008 Codicia Richard Roma
2009-2010 Poder... se puede Muller José María Vilches Award

Martín Fierro de Cable 2011

2012-2013 En el aire. Marcos



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sin temor al riesgo" (in Spanish). Diario Clarín. 22 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Poder se puede" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Grilla de programación: Donar sangre salva vidas" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. 
  4. ^ "Cuando me sonreis,nueva telenovela" (in Spanish). 
  5. ^ "Facundo Arana: "Por recomendación médica, la expedición se terminó para mi"" (in Spanish). La Nacion. 26 April 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.diariopopular.com.ar/notas/143229-facundo-arana-un-galan-suelto-mar-del-plata
  7. ^ "Julio Chávez- Facundo Arana: una dupla de opuestos y "Farsantes""" (in Spanish). Clarín. 
  8. ^ "Junto a Facundo Arana, Fundaleu y Farmacity presentaron su nueva campaña solidaria" (in Spanish). 
  9. ^ "Facundo Arana and Soledad, Jujuy solidarity" (in Spanish). Diario Clarín. 16 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "ENTREVISTA: Facundo Arana" (in Spanish). 
  11. ^ "ME ENCANTARIA TRABAJAR CON MARIA" (in Spanish). Diaro Show. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Facundo Arana se casó en secreto con María Susini" (in Spanish). Minuto Uno. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.aptra.org.ar/a/premios-martin-fierro/edicion-2009-prod-2008/ganadores-tv-abierta-2009
  14. ^ http://www.aptra.org.ar/a/premios-martin-fierro/edicion-2012-prod-2011?start=1
  15. ^ Todos los ganadores de los Martín Fierro de cable 2012
  16. ^ a b "Todos los nominados a los Martín Fierro 2014" [All the nominations for the 2014 Martín Fierro] (in Spanish). La Nación. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 

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