Anthony Russo (born February 1970) and Joseph Russo (born July 1971), collectively known as the Russo brothers (/ˈruːsoʊ/), are American film and television directors. The brothers direct most of their work jointly, and also occasionally work as producers, screenwriters, actors, and editors. The brothers directed the superhero films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and will also be directing its untitled sequel (2019), all four part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are also known for their work on the comedy series Arrested Development, for which they won an Emmy Award, and Community.
Joe (left) and Anthony Russo in 2013
|Born||Anthony: February 1970|
Joseph: July 1971
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Iowa (Joe), Case Western Reserve University|
Anthony and Joe Russo were raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Benedictine High School. Their parents are Patricia and Basil Russo, an attorney and former judge. Joe graduated from The University of Iowa and majored in English and writing. The Russos were graduate students at Case Western Reserve University when they began directing, writing, and producing their first feature, Pieces. They financed the film with student loans and credit cards. After viewing Pieces at the Slamdance Film Festival, Steven Soderbergh approached the duo and offered to produce their next film, along with his producing partner George Clooney. This project was the crime comedy Welcome to Collinwood, starring William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell, and Clooney.
FX network executive Kevin Reilly hired the Russos to direct the pilot for the series Lucky, having liked the pair's work on Collinwood. Ron Howard was a fan of the pilot, and he had a hand in hiring the brothers to direct the pilot for Fox's Arrested Development. The brothers won an Emmy for their work on the episode.
In 2006, the Russo brothers returned to film, directing the Owen Wilson comedy You, Me, and Dupree. The film grossed $130 million worldwide. For the 2007–08 TV season, the Russos joined the crew of the ABC series Carpoolers as executive producers and directors. They served as executive producers and directors on the first several seasons of the NBC sitcom Community and the ABC series Happy Endings.
In January 2014, the brothers signed on to return to direct the third Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War, which was released on May 6, 2016. In May 2014, they were announced to co-write and direct The Gray Man. In March 2015, the brothers were set to direct an all-male installment in the rebooted series of the Ghostbusters franchise, produced by Sony's new-founded production company, Ghost Corps. However, as of March 2016, the Russos are no longer attached to the Ghostbusters project.
The Russo brothers directed Avengers: Infinity War (2018), which became the first superhero movie to gross over $2 billion at the box office. They are the third directors to make a $2 billion movie after James Cameron's films Avatar and Titanic and J.J. Abrams's film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Its untitled sequel is scheduled for release in 2019. The brothers are also financing the Los Angeles and Beijing joint-production company Anthem & Song, which is producing the Chinese superhero movie The Hero’s Awakening.
The Russo brothers have signed on to produce a television series based on Deadly Class. The Sony Pictures Television-produced adaptation has been optioned as a pilot for the Syfy channel. Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, Michel Duval and María Gabriela de Faría are among the actors cast in main roles for the series. On April 18, 2018, Syfy picked up the pilot to the series.
|2002||Welcome to Collinwood||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|2006||You, Me and Dupree||Yes||No||No||Joe Russo||Personal Trainer|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Yes||No||No||Joe Russo||Dr. Fine|
|A Merry Friggin' Christmas||No||No||Executives||No|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War||Yes||No||No||Joe Russo||Dr. Broussard|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Yes||No||No||No|
|2019||Untitled Avengers film||Yes||No||No||No||Post-production|
|2006||No. 6||Producer (Joe only)|
|2008||Square One||Writer (Anthony only)|
|2009||Donkey Punch||Producer (Anthony only)|
|2012||Leader of the Pack||Producers|
|2003||Lucky||"Calling Dr. Con"||Directors|
|2003–05||Arrested Development||Both: "Pilot"
Anthony only: "Top Banana", "Key Decisions", "The Immaculate Election", "Spring Breakout"
Joe only: "Bringing Up Buster", "In God We Trust", "Pier Pressure", "Marta Complex", "Shock and Aww", "Missing Kitty", "Hand to God", "Motherboy XXX", "Meat the Veals"
|2004–05||All episodes||Co-executive producers|
|2006||Secrets of a Small Town||Failed ABC pilot||Executive producers|
|What About Brian||"Pilot"||Directors|
|2006–07||All episodes||Executive producers|
Anthony only: "The Code", "The Recital"
Joe only: "Laird of the Rings", "What Would You Do?", "Down for the Count", "The Seminar",
"A Divorce to Remember", "The Handsomest Man", "Lost in America"
|All episodes||Executive producers|
|2008||Courtroom K||Failed Fox pilot||Directors|
|2009||Untitled Family Pilot||Failed NBC pilot||Directors|
|Comedy Showcase||"The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"||Directors|
|2009–2012, 2014||Community||Both: Pilot
Anthony only: "Introduction to Film", "Social Psychology", "Home Economics", "The Politics of Human Sexuality", "Physical Education", "Beginner Pottery", "The Psychology of Letting Go", "Basic Rocket Science", "Asian Population Studies", "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy", "Biology 101", "Competitive Ecology", "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"
Joe only: "Spanish 101", "Advanced Criminal Law", "Football, Feminism and You", "Debate 109", "Investigative Journalism", "Romantic Expressionism", "Pascal's Triangle Revisited", "Anthropology 101", "Accounting for Lawyers", "Cooperative Calligraphy", "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons", "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking", "Competitive Wine Tasting", "A Fistful of Paintballs", "Geography of Global Conflict", "Advanced Gay", "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux", "Geothermal Escapism", "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"
|Seasons 1–3 and 5||Executive producers, directors only (season five)|
|The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret||"In Which Claims are Made and a Journey Ensues" (original Comedy Showcase pilot, some footage reshot)||Directors|
|2011||The Council of Dads||Fox pilot||Directors|
|2011–2012||Happy Endings||Both: "Pilot"
Anthony only: "Barefoot Pedaler", "Blax, Snake, Home", "Secrets and Limos"
Joe only: "Bo Fight", "Yesandwitch", "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
|Season one & season two||Executive producers|
|Up All Night||Joe only: "Cool Neighbors", "Working Late and Working It", "Day After Valentine's Day"||Directors|
|2012||Animal Practice||Both: "Pilot"
Anthony only: "Clean-Smelling Pirate"
Joe only: "Ralphie"
|All episodes||Executive producers|
|2015||Agent Carter||Joe only: "Bridge and Tunnel" (as Joseph V. Russo)||Directors|
|2019||Deadly Class||Both: "Pilot"||Executive producers|
I was born in February of 1970 and Joe was born in July of 1971.