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Anthony Russo (born February 3, 1970) and Joseph Russo (born July 8, 1971),[1] collectively known as the Russo brothers 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 Russo Brothers
Anthony and Joe Russo by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Joe (left) and Anthony Russo in 2013
BornAnthony: (1970-02-03) February 3, 1970 (age 49)
Joseph: (1971-07-08) July 8, 1971 (age 47)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Iowa (Joe), Case Western Reserve University
  • Film directors
  • producers
  • screenwriters
Years active1994–present

The Russo brothers directed the superhero films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019), all four being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among these, Infinity War became the fourth film and the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2018, and the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time. They have also directed the post-credits scene for Ant-Man[2] and the mid-credits scene of Captain Marvel.[3]

The brothers are also known for their work on the comedy series Arrested Development, for which they won an Emmy Award, and Community.


Life and careerEdit

Anthony and Joe Russo were raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Benedictine High School.[4] Their parents are Patricia and Basil Russo, an attorney and former judge.[5] Joe graduated from The University of Iowa and majored in English and writing.[6][7] 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.[8] 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.[8] 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.[8] 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.[8] 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.[8] 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 July 2013, the brothers wrapped principal production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a superhero sequel for Marvel Studios; the film was released on April 4, 2014.[9]

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.[10][11][12] However, as of March 2016, the Russos are no longer attached to the Ghostbusters project.[13]

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 sequel, Avengers: Endgame, is scheduled for release in 2019.[14] Joe Russo said while promoting Avengers: Endgame in Mumbai, India, “Both the films ask the question, what is the cost of being a hero? The films are about community and heroes standing up against tyranny. We certainly look at that as waves of nationalism sweep the world.”[15] 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.[16][17]

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.[18] Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, Michel Duval and María Gabriela de Faría are among the actors cast in main roles for the series.[19] On April 18, 2018, Syfy picked up the pilot to the series.[20]

In August 2018, the brothers won the rights to adapt Nico Walker 2018 novel Cherry.[21] They also served as award presenters at The Game Awards 2018 ceremony, which honored the best video games of that year.[22] In March 2019, it was confirmed that Tom Holland was in talks to take on the lead role in Cherry. [23]


Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Directors Writer(s) Producers
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Yes Yes No
2006 You, Me and Dupree Yes No No
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Yes No No
A Merry Friggin' Christmas No No Executives
2016 Captain America: Civil War Yes No No
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Yes No No
2019 Avengers: Endgame Yes No No Post-production
21 Bridges No No Yes Post-production
Dhaka No Joe Russo Yes Filming[24]

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Credited as
Directors Writer(s) Producers
2002 The Kiss Yes Yes Yes
2006 No. 6 No No Joe Russo
2008 Square One No Anthony Russo No
Carforkers Yes No No
2009 Donkey Punch No No Anthony Russo
2012 Leader of the Pack No No Yes


Year Title Director(s) Executive
2003 Lucky Yes No "Calling Dr. Con"
2003–2005 Arrested Development Yes No 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 LAX Yes No "Pilot"
2004–2005 No Yes All episodes
2006 Secrets of a Small Town No Yes Failed ABC pilot
What About Brian Yes No "Pilot"
2006–2007 No Yes All episodes
2007–2008 Carpoolers Yes No Both: "Pilot"
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"
No Yes All episodes
2008 Courtroom K Yes No Failed Fox pilot
2009 Untitled Family Pilot Yes No Failed NBC pilot
Comedy Showcase Yes No "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"
2009–2012, 2014 Community Yes No 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", "For a Few Paintballs More", "Geography of Global Conflict", "Advanced Gay", "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux", "Geothermal Escapism", "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"
Yes Yes Seasons 1–3 and 5
2010 Running Wilde Yes Yes "Pilot"
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Yes No "In Which Claims are Made and a Journey Ensues" (original Comedy Showcase pilot, some footage reshot)
2011 The Council of Dads Yes No Fox pilot
2011–2012 Happy Endings Yes No Both: "Pilot"
Anthony only: "Barefoot Pedaler", "Blax, Snake, Home", "Secrets and Limos"
Joe only: "Bo Fight", "Yesandwitch", "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
No Yes Season one & season two
Up All Night Yes No Joe only: "Cool Neighbors", "Working Late and Working It", "Day After Valentine's Day"
2012 Animal Practice Yes No Both: "Pilot"
Anthony only: "Clean-Smelling Pirate"
Joe only: "Ralphie"
No Yes All episodes
2015 Agent Carter Yes No Joe only: "Bridge and Tunnel" (as Joseph V. Russo)
2018 Deadly Class No Yes Both: "Pilot"
2019 Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy No Yes

Joe Russo's acting creditsEdit

Year Title Role
2005 Arrested Development Joe
2006 You, Me and Dupree Personal Trainer
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dr. Fine
2016 Captain America: Civil War Dr. Theo rock
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Bert (deleted scene)


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  2. ^ Sciretta, Peter (June 29, 2015). "When Will You See the First Clip From 'Captain America: Civil War'?". /Film. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
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  6. ^ Alumni, University of Iowa. "Iowa Alumni Magazine: Captain Middle America".
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  15. ^ Raman, Sruthi Ganapathy. "What to expect as the countdown to 'Avengers: Endgame' begins: 'The cost of being a hero'".
  16. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (March 13, 2016). "Russo Brothers Launch Studio to Produce Chinese-Language Films (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  17. ^ Frater, Patrick (May 10, 2016). "'Captain America' Filmmakers Announce Chinese Superhero Project". Variety.
  18. ^ Melrose, Kevin (July 21, 2016). "SDCC: Russo Brothers to Produce "Deadly Class" TV Series". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (November 9, 2017). "'Deadly Class': Syfy Sets Full Cast For Comic-Based Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (April 18, 2018). "Syfy Picks Up To Series 'Deadly Class' Drama Based On Graphic Novel From The Russo Brothers". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  21. ^ McNary, Dave (August 24, 2018). "Russo Brothers Close Deal to Direct PTSD Drama 'Cherry'". Variety. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  22. ^ Pereira, Chris. "Avengers 4 Directors Will Be At The Game Awards". GameSpot. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  23. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 11, 2019). "Tom Holland Reteams With Russo Brothers for 'Cherry' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "Chris Hemsworth begins shooting for Netflix film 'Dhaka' in India". November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.

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