Taran Noah Smith

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Taran Noah Smith
Born (1984-04-08) April 8, 1984 (age 30)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Other names Taran Smith
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–2002
Spouse(s) Heidi van Pelt (2001–2007)
Awards Young Artist Award Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Under Ten
1992 Home Improvement

Young Artist Award Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series
1994 Home Improvement

Taran Noah Smith (born April 8, 1984) is a former American actor. He is best known for his role as Marcus "Mark" Jason Taylor, the youngest son on the sitcom Home Improvement.[1]

Personal life[edit]

At 18, he gained control of his $1.5 million trust fund, which he accused his parents of squandering by purchasing themselves a mansion.[2][3]

In 2001, Smith was quoted as saying, "I started Home Improvement when I was 7, and the show ended when I was 16. I never had the chance to decide what I wanted to do with my life. When I was 16, I knew that I didn't want to act anymore."[4]

At seventeen years old, he married Heidi van Pelt on April 27, 2001. The marriage sparked much controversy due to the couple's age difference - Van Pelt was sixteen years Smith's senior.[5] The couple filed for divorce on February 2, 2007.[6]

In 2005, Smith and his then-wife formed a California-based non-dairy cheese manufacturer and restaurant, Playfood, specializing in vegan and organic foods.[1]

Smith was arrested under the suspicion of DUI and possession of marijuana on February 1, 2012.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Actor
Year Title Role Notes
1990 ABC TGIF Mark TV series
1991-1999 Home Improvement Mark Taylor 201 episodes
1995 Ebbie Tiny Tim TV movie
1997 Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home Brian Ferris
1997 7th Heaven Peter McKinley Episode: "See You in September"
1999 Batman Beyond Patrick Poundstone / Rat Boy (voice) Episode: "Rats"
Self
Year Title Notes
1992 18th Annual People's Choice Awards, TheThe 18th Annual People's Choice Awards
1992 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '92
1993 19th Annual People's Choice Awards, TheThe 19th Annual People's Choice Awards
1994 20th Annual People's Choice Awards, TheThe 20th Annual People's Choice Awards
1995 21st Annual People's Choice Awards, TheThe 21st Annual People's Choice Awards
1995 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '95
1997-1998 Figure It Out TV series
1999 Home Improvement: Backstage Pass
2002 TVography: Home Improvement - A Half Hour of Power
2005 20/20 Episode: "29 April 2005"
2005 E! True Hollywood Story Episode: "Home Improvement"
2006 Child Star Confidential Episode: "The Kid's Table"
2009 7th Annual TV Land Awards, TheThe 7th Annual TV Land Awards

Awards[edit]

Nominations[edit]

  • 1993, Young Artist Award, Home Improvement, Outstanding Actor Under Ten in a Television Series
  • 1999, Young Artist Award, Home Improvement, Best Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series – Leading Young Actor

Won[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fisher, Kelly (2012-02-01). "'Home Improvement' Actor Taran Noah Smith Arrested For DUI, Drug Possession". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  2. ^ Smith Gains access to trust The Tuscaloosa News - Apr 9, 2002]
  3. ^ "Former 'Home Improvement' star turns 18 Monday, wins right to trust fund", Associated Press State & Local Wire, April 8, 2002
  4. ^ "Taran Noah Smith Battling Parents". minorcon.org. 2000-04-25. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  5. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=KC&p_theme=kc&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EBDC4258D3D7510&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=KC&p_theme=kc&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=1176166BE3D48BE0&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Sarah Fitzmaurice (2012-02-01). "Home Improvement star Taran Noah Smith arrested for 'DUI and possession of marijuana' | Mail Online". London: dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 

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