Max Adler (born January 17, 1986) is an American actor best known for his role of bully David Karofsky in the FOX hit show ''Series/{{Glee}}''. [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor Despite the character he plays]], he is an anti-bullying activist, and is also involved in the fight against Muscular Distrophia.

See also: Creator/ChrisColfer, Creator/DarrenCriss, Creator/NayaRivera, Creator/LeaMichele, Creator/CoryMonteith, Creator/DiannaAgron, Creator/HeatherMorris and Creator/KevinMcHale.
!!This actor provides examples of:

* AscendedExtra: He auditioned for one of the main male characters on the show, didn't get it but impressed Ryan Murphy enough for him to call him back for the then-small part of Karofsky, which was expanded when Murphy noticed his potential.
* DawsonCasting: It's not as noticeable as some [[MarkSalling other]] [[Creator/CoryMonteith actors]] on the show, but he is 26 playing an 18-year-old.
* HollywoodPudgy: On the show he's been called 'chubby' and 'unattractive', despite being neither. Of course, the words were said during an angry rant...
** Though partially (if loosely) in-universe justified/handwaved/whatever in that Karofsky usually is wearing a heavy letterman jacket and is a lineman. The former tends to be loose around the waist while the latter tends to be stereotyped as heavy around the belly.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: He's one of the only two actors (the other being Creator/JaymaMays) in the whole cast to have ''actually'' been in a Glee club, and a successful one, thus meaning he can sing pretty well, but he's playing a character who wants nothing to do with the club.
** Also he's one of the few characters that didn't sing a single song.
* LyingCreator: Not as much as someone 'cough Creator/ChrisColfer cough', but Max knows what to say and what to withhold about ''Series/{{Glee}}'' and his character's journey.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: And ''how''. Probably to be averted in the future as David Karofsky will most probably mellow out during season 3, and there have already been a lot of signs pointing out that he might not be such a bully if he let go. Even so, the contrast between moody teenage boy prone to violence David Karofsky and easy-going, respectful man Max Adler is very sharp. If he'd been given one or two actual interviews before Never Been Kissed, a lot of people would have realised HeReallyCanAct much sooner. One wonders if RIB hoped that nobody would pay that much attention to him before the episode for precisely this reason.
** Just... watch his early interactions with Kurt. Now think about the fact that, during their free time, Max and Creator/ChrisColfer are plotting an Oprah musical...
*** His TV Career seems to be going this way, as his character in the ''Series/LastResort'' pilot is [[spoiler: or better, ''was'' as of episode's end]] also kind of a bad guy.
*** Inverted with his role on ''Series/SwitchedAtBirth'', who's arguably as nice a guy as Max actually is.
* PromotedFanboy: He has said that he auditioned for a part in Glee because he admired Creator/RyanMurphy and his work.
* WhenHeSmiles: On Glee, Karofsky is usually scowling or otherwise looking pissed. But as his picture here shows, when he's not, he's actually pretty dashing.