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Joe Russo

Highest Rated:   92% Anomalisa (2015)
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As one half of the brotherly directing team that also includes his sibling Joe, Anthony Russo was in large part responsible for the success of the critically acclaimed but criminally short-lived Fox television sitcom Arrested Development. Born a year apart in an Italian neighborhood of Cleveland, OH, the sons of a prominent liberal politician first learned the value of hard work when the political turmoil of the 1970s found their hometown the first American city to go bankrupt since the Great Depression. Subsequently determined to make a name for themselves in the world of cinema, Anthony and Joe got a head start on film-school education by using credit cards and student loans to finance Pieces, a black comedy concerning the hair-replacement industry that served as a crash course into the world of filmmaking for the pair. They shot the film in and around their hometown with the help of numerous friends and family members, and their gamble paid off tenfold when it screened at both the Slamdance and American Film Institute festivals in 1997, also earning Joe a Best Actor award at the later. Though the AFI screening was indeed a great success, it was the Slamdance screening of Pieces that caught the attention of filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, and it wasn't long before Soderbergh and professional partner George Clooney had agreed to finance the pair's second film, the working-class crime comedy Welcome to Collinwood. As fate would have it, Kevin Reilly was heavily involved in rebuilding the FX network when he first saw Welcome to Collinwood, and he was in desperate need of a director for an upcoming pilot for series entitled Lucky that seemed the perfect fit for the emerging filmmakers. More television work followed when the pair was approached to direct the pilot episode of LAX in 2004, though their greatest television success to date was still just around the corner. With industry attention growing thanks to two high-profile pilots in a row, Anthony and Joe next caught the attention of Imagine Entertainment co-founder Ron Howard, who, along with writer Mitch Hurwitz, were both looking to take the well-worn situation comedy in an entirely new direction. Having honed their skills in guerilla filmmaking, the Russo brothers seemed the perfect pair to take the sitcom out of the soundstage and into the streets. By shooting Arrested Development on advanced handheld cameras and minimizing the need for complex lighting and crews, the pair not only opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities, but provided the perfect visual backdrop for Hurwitz's rapid-fire writing style as well. It was indeed a gamble, but it paid off considerably when the show earned the pair an Emmy award for Best Direction. Though Arrested Development would ultimately be canceled after just three seasons, few could deny the impact or innovation that earned the series a dedicated critical and cult following. It wasn't long before Anthony and Joe opted to return to their feature roots with the 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Untitled Avengers Movie
  • Director
2019
90% Captain America: Civil War
  • Director
$408.1M 2016
No Score Yet The Gray Man
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2016
92% Anomalisa
  • Executive Producer
2015
16% A Merry Friggin' Christmas
  • Producer
2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Director
$228.7M 2014
No Score Yet Marco Benevento & Friends: Live in NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Crashing
  • Executive Producer
2007
21% You, Me and Dupree
  • Director
$75.7M 2006
54% Welcome to Collinwood
  • Screenwriter
$75.7k 2002

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
60% Animals.
2016
  • Producer
  • 2017
88% Marvel's Agent Carter
2015-2016
  • Director
  • 2015
86% Community
2009-2015
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
67% Happy Endings
2011-2013
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
17% Animal Practice
2012
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2012
71% Up All Night
2011-2013
  • Director
  • 2011
32% Running Wilde
2010-2011
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2013
  • Director
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003

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