Honored Artist of the RSFSR (02/14/1978). People's Artist of the RSFSR (10/16/1991). Son of the artist operetta Konstantin Karelsky (born 1915). In 1968 he graduated from the Theater School. B.V. Shchukin, course A.A. Orochko. Since 1968 he worked at the Moscow Academic Theater. Vl. Mayakovsky. Since 1970 he has been working at the Moscow Academic Theater. Evg. Vakhtangov. Member of the CPSU since 1976. Professor at the State Specialized Institute of Arts (GSII), teaches acting skills to hearing impaired young people.