Taran Noah Smith
|Taran Noah Smith|
April 8, 1984 |
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Other names||Taran Smith|
|Spouse(s)||Heidi van Pelt (2001–2007; divorced)|
|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 an American former actor widely known for his role as Marcus "Mark" Jason Taylor, the youngest son on one of the longest running and most widely viewed sitcoms of the '90s, Home Improvement.
At 18, he gained control of his $1.5 million trust fund, which he accused his parents of squandering by purchasing themselves a mansion. His mother, Candi Bennici, stated in 2015, "Of course we didn’t touch his money... It was in a trust fund. We couldn’t have touched it if we wanted to. They were trying to get it when he was 17, and we were trying to protect it. Luckily the Marin courts were very good about it and didn’t give it to them". He later said, “I’d gotten out of the teenage phase and realized my parents weren’t doing anything wrong but were trying to protect me” 
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." Aged 17, Smith married Heidi van Pelt on April 27, 2001. The marriage sparked much controversy due to the couple's age difference, as van Pelt was 16 years older. The couple filed for divorce on February 2, 2007.
In 2005, Smith and his then wife formed a California-based non-dairy cheese manufacturer and restaurant, Playfood, specializing in vegan and organic foods.
|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"|
|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|
- 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
- 1992, Young Artist Award, Home Improvement, Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Under Ten
- 1994, Young Artist Award, Home Improvement, Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series (shared with Zachery Ty Bryan and Jonathan Taylor Thomas)
- "The Tuscaloosa News". Google News Archive Search. April 9, 2002.
- "Former 'Home Improvement' star turns 18 Monday, wins right to trust fund", Associated Press State & Local Wire, April 8, 2002
- Paul Liberatore, "Marin mother of ‘Home Improvement’ child star writes book warning of ‘sharks’ in show business," Marine Independent Journal May 7, 2015
- "Taran Noah Smith Battling Parents". minorcon.org. 2000-04-25. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
- "Taran Noah Smith".