Joseph Joe Russo is an American director and producer who works in the Hollywood industry and English television series. He is well known for Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Captain America: Winter Soldier in 2014 and You, Me and Dupree in 2006. Joe is the younger brother of producer-director
Anthony Russo with whom he has collaborated in most of their films. Their parents are Patricia and former judge turned attorney Basil Russo. Their sisters are Gabriella Rosalina and TV writer Angela Russo-Otstot. He also has two daughters. Joe was raised in Cleveland, Ohio where he attended the Our Lady of Peace School before his family shifted to Mayfield. He graduated from Benedictine High School before Joe joined the University of Iowa where he studied English and writing.
He studied MFA in theatre from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He also attended a film school in the University of California, LA. In 1994, while studying at CWRU, Joe and Anthony started making their first film Pieces with their own budget. The dark comedy premiered at Slamdance Film Festival in 1997. Impressed by their work, director Steven Soderburgh approached the brothers for their next project. The brothers wrote and directed Welcome to Collinwood for Soderburgh which released in 2002. In 2002 they also made their first short film ‘
Kiss’. They entered the television with Lucky in 2003. Since then they have worked in Arrested Development, LAX, Secrets of a Small Town, What About Brian and many others. They returned to the big screen with the comedy movie You, Me and Dupree in 2006.
They later created Captain America: Winter Soldier and A Merry Friggin’s Christmas in 2014, and Captain America: Civil War in 2016. The Russo brothers’ latest projects are Marvel’s upcoming films Avengers Infinity War Part I and Part II set to release in 2016 and 2019. Joe has also worked alone in 2006 short film No. 6 and some episodes of Arrested Development, Carpoolers, Community, Happy Endings, Up All Night and Agent Carter. Joe Russo won a Primetime Emmy Award under the Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series category in 2004, AFI Fest Best Actor Award for Pieces in 1997, OFTA Television Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series in 2012 and Match flick Flicker Award for Best Superhero Film in 2014. He was nominated twice for the Gold Derby Award in 2004 and 2005, thrice for OFTA Awards in 2003, 2011 and 2012, once for Hugo Award in 2015, once for Saturn Awards in 2015, and once for Image Awards in 2017.