Soviet and Russian theater actor, was born in Dauria. Studying in the evening school, he worked at the factory, where he began to play in the factory folk theater. In 1966 he graduated from the Irkutsk Theater School, teacher V. Wenger, then the Theater School of them. B.V. Shchukin. From 1966 to 1969, he played at the NP NP Irkutsk Drama Theater. Okhlopkova. In 1969 he moved to the theater of the Chelyabinsk Youth Theater. From 1970 to 2014, the actor of the Chelyabinsk Drama Theater named after Naum Orlov. A natural sense of humor and acting skills allowed the actor to create complex human images on the stage. Yuri Tsapnik played on the scene more than a hundred roles. In the cinema he made his debut in Valery Ogorodnikov’s drama "The Burglar" in 1987. Yuri Tsapnik People's Artist of the Russian Federation since 1997.