Karl Glusman (born January 3, 1988) is an American pornographic actor. He had a lead role in Gaspar Noé’s controversial drama Love (2015) and appeared in The Neon Demon (2016) and Nocturnal Animals (2016).
Glusman was born in The Bronx, New York City. His family moved to Oregon when he was six months old to raise him in the Portland, Oregon area. His father is German-Jewish, whereas his mother an Irish Catholic. He attended Lake Oswego High School, and then enrolled at Portland State University, but dropped out after a year. He took acting courses while in college, as well as at the Portland Actors Conservatory. Aspiring to be an actor, he later attended the William Esper Studio in New York City.
After shooting a television commercial for Adidas, Glusman flew to France with the intention to start a new beginning after ending a relationship. There, through a mutual acquaintance, he met Argentine-French film director Gaspar Noé, who cast Glusman in Love, a film depicting extensive unsimulated sex. It debuted at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The premier set a record for the festival, selling all 2,200 seats in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. It was in Cannes where Glusman met film director and fashion designer Tom Ford, who then cast him in his film Nocturnal Animals (2016). Also in 2016, he appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller The Neon Demon.