Max Adler has quickly made a name for himself in the entertainment industry for his diverse roles in television & film, making him ‘one to watch’ in 2014. In January 2014, Adler can be seen starring as ‘Tank’ in season three of the Peabody Award Winning Series “Switched at Birth” for ABC Family. The show follows two teenage girls as they discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay [Vanessa Marano] grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Meanwhile, Daphne [Katie Leclerc], who became deaf at an early age, grew up with a single mother working in a working class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when the families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls. Adler will enter season three of the critically acclaimed show befriending Bay, in one of the college level classes.
Born in Queens, New York and raised in Scottsdale Arizona, Adler knew from an early age that he wanted to become an actor. Upon graduating from Horizon High School in AZ, he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of working in the entertainment industry. After landing a few guest-star roles on “Ghost Whisperer” and “Cold Case” for CBS, he secured a role that would become his breakout moment, starring as ‘Dave Karofsky’ on the Award-Winning, FOX series “Glee.” From 2009-12 he appeared as the insensitive jock who tormented ‘Kurt’ [played by Chris Colfer]. His character made “Glee” viewers love to hate him, then later won audiences over when his character revealed he was gay, and then attempted suicide. The controversial role won Adler fans not only throughout the US, but also in the entertainment industry.
Following “Glee,” Adler made several guest star appearances on hit shows including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for CBS, and “Last Resort” for ABC. He also has made his mark in film, recently shooting a supporting role in LOVE AND HONOR for ICM films, opposite Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Aimee Teegarden, and Austin Stowell. The film tells the story of a young soldier in Vietnam who decides to go AWOL with his best friend and return back to the United States, after being dumped by his hometown girlfriend. Additional independent films in production for Adler include a lead role in BELIEVE ME [Lascaux Films] opposite Nick Offerman, Alex Russell, Zachary Knighton, and Christopher McDonald, and SAUGATUCK CURES [Permoveo Productions] where Adler stars as ‘Drew Callaghan,’ a small town, homosexual volunteer firefighter who steals money to cure his mother from cancer.
When not working, Adler is heavily involved in philanthropy. Following the “Glee” episode entitled Never Been Kissed, he was contacted by the It Gets Better Project, an internet based organization which aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Adler has been a supporter ever since. He also has worked closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise awareness of hereditary muscle disease. Adler currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his fiancé.