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Imanol Arias in 2014
Manuel María Arias Domínguez
26 April 1956
Manuel María Arias Domínguez (born 26 April 1956 in Riaño, León, Spain) better known as Imanol Arias, is a Spanish actor and film director.
Imanol Arias began his career with a travelling theatre group performing in the Basque Country of northern Spain. He debuted on TV in 1976 and his first film was Humberto Solás's Cecilia (1982). In 1987 he won the prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival for the role of Eleuterio Sánchez in El Lute: Run for Your Life (El Lute: camina o revienta, 1987).
Since 1976 he has appeared in some 70 different films and TV programmes.
In 1996 he made his film debut as director in Un asunto privado .The only other work he directed was a TV programme in 1989.
Currently, he appears in the TVE prize-winning series Cuéntame cómo pasó (Tell me how it happened) in the role of the father of a Spanish middle-class family, during the last years of Spain's Francoist government and the transition to democracy.
In 2013 Arias worked on the Spanish dubbing of the video game Battlefield 4 as Captain Roland Garrison.
At Gijón International Film Festival in 2014, he received the Nacho Martinez Award.
Imanol Arias is Ambassador for UNICEF.
On 7 April 2016, Imanol Arias was accused of tax evasion and money laundering in the Panama Papers scandal as the owner of an offshore company, Trekel Trading Limited, based on the island nation of Niue that held a bank account under his complete control at the Swiss bank Banque Franck SA.
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