Joe Russo
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Joe
Russo

Partner / Director / Producer

The other half — with younger brother Anthony — of the red-hot directing team that has quickly become Hollywood royalty thanks to their Marvel Studios directorial debut, the critically praised box office blockbuster “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (which broke the opening record for an April release and went on to gross more than $714 million worldwide), and its follow-up, “Captain America: Civil War,” which grossed more than $1.1 billion globally, making it the biggest-grossing film of 2016 and the 12th-highest-grossing film in history.

Not bad for two kids from Cleveland who began filmmaking in the mid-1990s using credit cards and student loans to finance “Pieces,” an experimental comedy. Their gamble paid off when the film screened at the Slamdance and AFI festivals in 1997, earning Joe a best actor award for the latter, and caught the attention of Steven Soderbergh, who, along with producing partner George Clooney, produced the brothers’ second film, the 2002 crime comedy “Welcome to Collinwood.” The Russos, whose credits include the TV shows “Arrested Development” and “Community,” are currently working on “Avengers: Infinity Wars,” parts one and two simultaneously. “We began in indies, and maybe we’ll make another smaller film again sometime,” says Joe, “but right now we love making these big, complex films and all the challenges they present.”

Career

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH, USA)

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Syfy Orders Russo Brothers' 'Deadly Class' Adaptation to Series

Syfy Orders Russo Brothers' 'Deadly Class' Adaptation to Series

Syfy has given a series order to "Deadly Class," based on the Image Comics graphic novel of the same name by Rick Remender and Wes Craig.The cable network ordered the show to pilot back in September. "Deadly Class" was adapted for television by Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott, who will serve as executive producers alongside Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, and Mike Larocca. Adam Targum from Chipmunk Hill also served as executive producer on the pilot, along with Lee Toland Krieger, who...

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Q&A

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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