Glusman was born in The Bronx, New York City. The family moved to Oregon when he was six months old to raise him in the Portland 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.