Joe Russo
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Russo and older brother Anthony built a solid reputation directing comedies for the big (2006’s “You, Me and Dupree”) and small screens (“Arrested Development,” “Community”), before becoming the creative superheroes of the Marvel Universe with a string of four blockbusters climaxing with 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame,” the highest-grossing film ever. Now they’re taking on another genre with the globetrotting Netflix espionage thriller “The Gray Man,” starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans as competing assassins. The first entry in a potential franchise, the film is said to have a $200 million-plus budget, making it the priciest original to date for the streamer. They also co-wrote the 2020 actioner “Extraction,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and produced writer-director Matthew Michael Carnahan’s ISIS-fighter actioner “Mosul,” both for Netflix.




  • Case Western Reserve University (OH, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

““Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.””

What or who inspires you?

“My Wife and Children”

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