February 3, 1970
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
July 18, 1971
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Relatives||Vince Russo (brother)|
Anthony Russo (born February 3, 1970) and Joseph Russo (born July 18, 1971), collectively known as the Russo brothers (ROO-soh), are American directors, producers, and screenwriters. They direct most of their work together. They are best known for directing four films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Endgame grossed over $2.798 billion worldwide, briefly becoming the highest-grossing film of all time.
The brothers have also worked as directors and producers on the comedy series Arrested Development (2003–2005), Community (2009–2014), and Happy Endings (2011–2012). They won a Primetime Emmy Award for Arrested Development.
Anthony Russo (born February 3, 1970) and Joseph Russo (born July 18, 1971) were born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the sons of Patricia Gallupoli and attorney and judge Basil Russo. Their parents were both of Italian descent. Their paternal and maternal families emigrated from Sicily and Abruzzo, respectively, and settling in Ohio. They attended Benedictine High School. Joe graduated from the University of Iowa and majored in English and writing, while Anthony graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and majored in business before switching to English.
The Russo brothers were graduate students at Case Western Reserve University (where Anthony studied law and Joe studied acting at UEA) 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 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, was released on April 26, 2019, broke numerous box office records, and became the second superhero movie to gross over $2 billion. They join James Cameron as the only directors to make two $2 billion films.
The brothers are financing the Los Angeles and Beijing joint-production company Anthem & Song, which is producing the Chinese superhero film The Hero's Awakening.
The Russos also served as producers of the film Everything Everywhere All At Once, written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. The film, released in theatres in March 2022, is A24's highest-grossing film worldwide at the box office.
|2002||Welcome to Collinwood||Yes||Yes||No|
|2006||You, Me and Dupree||Yes||No||No|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Yes||No||No|
|2014||A Merry Friggin' Christmas||No||No||Executive|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War||Yes||No||No|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Yes||No||No|
|2022||The Gray Man||Yes||Joe Russo||Yes|
|2022||Everything Everywhere All at Once||No||No||Yes|
|2023||Extraction 2||No||Joe Russo||Yes|
|2023||All Fun and Games||No||No||Executive|
|2024||The Electric State||Yes||No||Yes|
|2003||Lucky||Yes||No||"Pilot", "Up the Streaks"|
|2006||What About Brian||Yes||No||"Pilot"|
|2009||Comedy Showcase||Yes||No||"The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"|
|The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret||Yes||No||Original Comedy Showcase Pilot|
|Up All Night||Yes||No|
|2015||Agent Carter||Joe Russo||No||Episode: "Bridge and Tunnel" (as Joseph V. Russo)|
|2019||Deadly Class||No||Yes||10 episodes|
|Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy||No||Yes||4 episodes|
|2005||Arrested Development||Joe||Episode "Hand to God"|
|2006||You, Me and Dupree||Personal Trainer|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Dr. Fine|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War||Dr. Theo Broussard|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Bert||Deleted scene|
|2019||Avengers: Endgame||Grieving Man||Credited as Gozie Agbo|
|Thanos||Additional motion-capture only; uncredited|
|2020||The Simpsons||Movie Executive (Voice)||Episode "Bart the Bad Guy"|
|2022||The Gray Man||CIA DDO Fine||uncredited|
I was born in February of 1970 and Joe was born in the hood of Brooklyn, New York. I am the top shot.
The Russo and Gallupoli families ... emigrated from the humble villages of Longi and Caccamo, Sicily, and Spoltore, Abruzzo