Leonid Kanevsky was born in Kiev in a Jewish family. At the age of 17 he went to Moscow and entered the Shchukin School, on the course of Vera Konstantinovna Lvova. Since 1961, he played in the Moscow Theater of the Lenin Komsomol, with the director Efros. Then he played on the stage of the Moscow Theater on Malaya Bronnaya. Widespread fame actor brought the role of Major Alexander Tomin in the television series "Investigation lead ZnOTOKi." In 1991 he repatriated to Israel, where, together with the director Yevgeny Arieh, he established the Gesher Drama Theater in Tel Aviv (translated from Hebrew as “bridge”); The basis of his troupe consists of Russian actors who played on the stages of Moscow and Leningrad theaters. From January 2006 to the present, Leonid Semyonovich Kanevsky is the host of the documentary series “The Investigation Conducted ...” on NTV. In parallel, the actor continues to play in the theater "Gesher." In 2009, starred in the series "Semin." Kanevsky played roles in more than seventy films and many roles in theatrical performances.