Joe Russo biography

Captain America: Civil War Director

Joe Russo

Date of Birth: July 8, 1971

Joe Russo and his brother Anthony Russo were raised in Cleveland. Their student film, PIECES (1997), caught the attention of Academy Award®-winning director Steven Soderbergh after he saw it at the 1997 Slamdance Film Festival. PIECES , a comedy about three crazed Italian brothers in a failing Cleveland hairpiece business, left such an impression on Soderbergh that he called them a week later, telling them that he wanted to produce their next project. He asked them whether they wanted to direct their own material, or if they wanted him to connect them to another screenplay. The Russos told him they would prefer to direct their own script and over the next couple of years they wrote intensely, finally coming up with the screenplay Welcome To Collinwood (2002).

In the meantime, Soderbergh and George Clooney had formed their Section Eight production company, and they bought the rights for the Russos’ first movie. The Russos were moved by the films they’d seen set in the Great Depression and were inspired to create their own ensemble comedy about hard luck neighborhoods and the desperate situations of the people who lived there.

The brothers tried their hand successfully at television, directing the pilot episode of LAX as well as several episodes of the hit series Arrested Development before returning to the big screen with You, Me and Dupree (2006), starring Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson.

Recently, the two have co-directed the Captain America movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). Continuing with that superhero theme, their newest directing credit will be Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

Joe Russo Filmography


Captain America: Civil War

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  148 min.
Release Date: May 6, 2016
DVD/Blu-ray: September 13, 2016

Current rating: Rating: 4.07
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Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Marisa Tomei, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl, Tom Holland, Kerry Condon

Inspiration: Captain America