General Facts and Figures
- Full name: Taran Noah Smith
- Net Worth: $300 000
- Occupation: Former Actor, Entrepreneur
- Birthday: April 8, 1984
- Birthplace: San Fransisco, California
- Birth Sign: Aries
- Marital status: Divorced
- Was charged with possession of hashish once
- Loves flying his 2-seater plane and loves paintball
- Opened a restaurant that served vegan food
- Isn’t active on any social media accounts
About Taran Noah Smith
Taran Noah Smith was born in San Francisco, California on April 8, 1984, to parents Candy Bennici and David Smith. He is mostly known for his TV and movie career. He is of Irish, Italian, English and Swedish descent. He also has an older sister, Ariandrea Hilary Smith who is a model. There is no information about where Smith went to school in his early days before he became popular.
Popularity as a TV Star
Smith made is TV debut on the ABC series TGIF in the early 90s. The show was a medley of comedic situations and had been in the running since the 1950s in various avatars and is still running after many modifications to the original format.
Smith’s big break came in 1991 when he was cast in one of the longest-running American sitcoms, Home Improvement as Markus “Mark” Taylor. The show went on to run into 8 seasons and also launched names such as Tim Allen (all seasons) and Pamela Anderson (who was a part of the cast for the first two seasons). Other notable actors that made up the cast were Patricia Richardson, Richard Karn, Zachary Ty Bryan and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The show revolved around the main characters who constitute a family.
Smith’s acting career started by chance. When he was just a few months old his mother took him along with her sister (who was auditioning for a role) and met a casting agent who told them that there was a requirement for baby actors. A few months later, he was cast in an infomercial. This opened opportunities for both kids who would go on landing a few jobs a year for a while such as public service announcements and commercials.
After a few failures, Smith finally landed the role of Markus “Mark” Taylor in Home Improvement which turned out to be his biggest break. For almost 9 years, Smith would feature in every episode of Home Improvement, which went on to become one of ABC’s longest-running shows. The show earned some major awards such as the Golden Globes in 1995, Primetime Emmy (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999) and several other awards.
Smith himself would win a Young Artist Award in 1992 and 1996. Encouraged by the success, he starred in the 1995 TV film Ebbie as Tiny Tim. He also appeared in Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home which opened to negative reviews and cameos in Batman Beyond (1999) and Seventh Heaven (1997). He also appeared in documentaries such as Home Improvement: Backstage Pass (1999). He was also a panelist in a show called Figure It Out that ran from 1997-98 and Maury (1997).
In later years, he appeared in TVography: Home Improvement – A Half Hour of Power (2002), 20/20 (2005) and Child Star Confidential (2006), starring as himself.
Post TV Fame and Lawsuit
With TV offers drying up, Smith decided to stay away from the limelight and decided to not pursue this line of a career anymore. But there was trouble brewing. He was almost an adult and making most of his decisions. So, it caused quite a stir when he decided to get married at 17 to someone who was near twice his age. On April 27, 2001, he married Heidi van Pelt, a 33-year-old woman. The marriage was widely publicized and created a controversy.
Shortly after the marriage, Smith sued his parents for the $1.5 million trust fund because he thought they were siphoning off money which he made while working on Home Improvement. But the judge threw out the case because Smith was still 17 and not the rightful owner until he turned 18. But the truth, as he later found out that his parents were managing the fund and handling his day-to-day while he was still a juvenile.
Marriage and Divorce
Smith’s marriage to van Pelt was not short of drama either. The couple had already dated for a few years before they decided to tie the knot. Initially, the couple lied about van Pelt but soon the parents found out and were furious. The couple left home and did odd jobs to support themselves for a while. After Smith turned 18, the couple invested in a vegan food business in California called Playfood, and it was a success for a brief period. But soon the business shut down after it was found that it did not have a license to operate.
Soon fights flared up and after several months of fighting, the couple filed for divorce.
Reconciliation with Family and Now
Following his divorce, Smith reconciled with his parents and went on to contribute to his mother’s book Stardom Happens: Nurturing Your Child in the Entertainment Business. The book is a guide to new “Hollywood parents”. The idea came from her own experiences as a parent struggling with her child’s stardom and an insider’s view on how Hollywood works and how to prepare the child for success.