Taran Noah Smith’s Wiki Bio, ex-wife Heidi van Pelt, net worth

• Taran Noah Smith is a former actor, best known for his role in ‘Home Improvement’.
• Has a net worth of over $300,000.
• Gained control of a $1.5 million trust fund at age 18.
• Post-acting endeavors include a restaurant business and volunteer projects.
• Is a vegan, self-taught musician and does not have any social media accounts.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth $1.5 million
Date Of Birth April 8, 1984, April 8, 1984
Spouse Heidi van Pelt, Heidi van Pelt
Fact He and his former wife started a vegan and organic restaurant and non-dairy cheese manufacturer called Playfood in California.

Who is Taran Noah Smith?

Taran Noah Smith was born on 8 April 1984, in San Francisco, California, USA, and is a former actor, best known for his role in one of the longest running and popular sitcoms of the 1990s entitled “Home Improvement’. He portrayed the character Marcus “Mark” Jason Taylor, the youngest son of the family.

The Riches of Taran Noah Smith

How rich is Taran Noah Smith? As of mid-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $300,000, earned largely through a successful career in acting. He gained a sizable trust fund later in his career, and after acting, focused his career in business. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Home Improvement

Very little is known about Taran Noah’s life prior to his rise to fame in acting, as there are no details regarding his family. His education has not been revealed either. It is known that he started gaining fame at the age of seven years, when he was cast in the show “Home Improvement”, effectively starting his acting career.

The sitcom starred Tim Allen and aired on ABC from 1991 to 1999, running for a total of 204 episodes over eight seasons and was one of the most watched sitcoms in the US during the 1990s. It won many awards over the course of its run, and is recognized for launching Allen’s acting career. Taran Noah gained two Young Artist Awards over the course of the show’s run and he became hugely popular because of the show. It was also the start of the television career of Pamela Anderson, who was a part of the show for its first two seasons.

Other Acting Projects

While with the show, he gained a few other projects including the television film entitled “Ebbie” which starred Susan Lucci and is a gender-reversed retelling of “A Christmas Carol”. He also had a guest role in “7th Heaven” which follows the lives of the Camden family in the fictional town of Glenoak, California. He also had a part in the show “Figure It Out” as a recurring character; it is a children’s panel game show by Nickelodeon in which children with unique achievements compete as contestants while a panel of celebrities try to guest a phrase that determines a contestant’s talent.

Taran Noah Smith

After “Home Improvement” ended, Smith started losing interest in acting, but still took on a few projects over the next few years. He tried his hand at voice acting for the animated project “Batman Beyond” also known as “Batman of the Future”, which portrays a teenage Batman in a futuristic Gotham City under the tutelage of an elderly Bruce Wayne. He then stopped acting altogether, though he appeared in a few television documentaries, including “20/20” and “E! True Hollywood Story” which covers topics regarding well-known figures, their secrets, scandals, mysteries, among other topics.

Post-Acting Endeavors

At the age of 18, Taran Noah gained control of his trust fund which was valued at $1.5 million. Afterwards he accused his parents of squandering the money by purchasing a mansion for themselves. His mother later went public defending themselves, stating that they never touched his money – they couldn’t as it was protected, and a few years later he retracted his statement, stating that his parents didn’t do anything wrong, and that he was misinformed as his parents were only trying to protect him.

Taran Noah Smith

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On retiring from acting, he said that he didn’t really have much of a choice in what he wanted to do in his life while he was acting, and realized that he didn’t want to do it anymore. In 2005, he launched his own California-based restaurant which is also a non-dairy cheese manufacturer. The business called Playfood, specialized in organic food and vegan friendly food. He has also been involved in volunteer projects, and in 2014 it was reported that he visited the Philippines to do disaster relief with Communitere. He currently works as an installation artist for museums and other festivals.

Personal Life and Social Media

For his personal life, it is known that Smith married Heidi van Pelt in 2001 when he was only 17 years old. The marriage gained a lot of controversy due to the couple’s age difference – she is 16 years older – and it is widely known that van Pelt was responsible for the rift Smith and his parents had during their marriage, as she was the one who insinuated that his parents were spending his money wrongly. They eventually divorced in 2007, and their restaurant Playfood closed their doors.

According to interviews, he is a vegan. He has an older sister who is a model. During his free time, he enjoys riding the motorcycle, sailing, and flying the family’s two-seater airplane. He is also a self-taught musician, having taught himself how to play the drums. He never completed his college education, enrolling at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Film School before deciding to drop out.

One of the reasons why there is very little information about him is due to the lack of any social media presence. He does not have accounts on any of the major social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The most that people have heard from him are from news outlets that have managed to gain an interview with him in the years after retiring from acting.

General Info

Full Name Taran Noah Smith
Net Worth $1.5 million
Date Of Birth April 8, 1984, April 8, 1984
Place Of Birth San Francisco, California, United States
Height 1.83 m, 1.83 m
Profession Actor, Child actor
Education University of Southern California, University of Southern California
Nationality American, American


Spouse Heidi van Pelt, Heidi van Pelt
Parents David Smith, Candy Bennici, Candy Bennici, David Smith
Siblings Ariandrea Hilary Smith, Ariandrea Hilary Smith


Awards TV Land Fan Favorite Award, TV Land Fan Favorite Award
Movies Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home, Ebbie, Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home, Ebbie
TV Shows Figure It Out, Home Improvement, Figure It Out, Home Improvement

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# Quote
1 I started Home Improvement (1991) 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.” Interview, 2001.


# Fact
1 Living in Los Angeles, starting a vegan restaurant and reconciled with his parents. [June 2005]
2 Living with his wife in Lawrence, Kansas and fighting his parents for control of his $1.4 million trust fund. [October 2001]
3 Was arrested trying to save the South Central Farm, the largest urban community garden that was threatened by land developers. (June, 2006).
4 Filed a lawsuit and a request for a temporary injunction against his former wife and business partner, Heidi van Pelt in February, 2007. Accused her of channeling funds from their business Playfood Inc. into her own business called Playfood Manufacturing LLC.
5 Emerged victorious from a protracted legal battle and remained in control of Playfood Inc. Without his former partner involved in the business, Taran grew Playfood into a success in the beginning of 2008.
6 Does an excellent impression of Robin Leach.
7 He is part Italian and Swedish from his maternal side, and English and Irish from his paternal side.
8 He and his former wife started a vegan and organic restaurant and non-dairy cheese manufacturer called Playfood in California.
9 Was accepted to USC’s Film School, but dropped out shortly after beginning classes.
10 His former wife is 16 years older than he is.
11 Graduated from high school early, and has attended USC.
12 Taught himself to play the drums.
13 Pastimes include motorcycling, sailing, and especially flying in family’s two-seater airplane.
14 He has an older sister named Ariandrea Hilary Smith, who is an international model. She is 29 years-old. [2006]
15 His parents are David Smith and Candy Bennici.
16 Named for the main character in Lloyd Alexander’s “Chronicles of Prydain” series of novels for young adults.
17 Avid paintball player.




Title Year Status Character
Batman Beyond 1999 TV Series Patrick
Home Improvement 1991-1999 TV Series Mark Taylor
Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home 1998 Brian Ferris
7th Heaven 1997 TV Series Peter McKinley
Ebbie 1995 TV Movie Tim ‘Timmy’ Cratchet
ABC TGIF 1990 TV Series Mark


Title Year Status Character
Bold Native 2010 special thanks


Title Year Status Character
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Child Star Confidential 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
20/20 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
TVography: Home Improvement – A Half Hour of Power 2002 TV Special Himself
Home Improvement: Backstage Pass 1999 TV Special documentary Himself; Mark Taylor
Figure It Out 1997 TV Series Himself / panelist (1997-1998)
The 21st Annual People’s Choice Awards 1995 TV Special Himself – Accepting Award for Favorite Television Comedy Series
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards ’95 1995 TV Special Himself
The 20th Annual People’s Choice Awards 1994 TV Special Himself – Accepting Award for Favorite Television Comedy Series
The 19th Annual People’s Choice Awards 1993 TV Special Himself – Accepting Award for Favourite Television Comedy Series
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards ’92 1992 TV Special Himself
The 18th Annual People’s Choice Awards 1992 TV Special Himself – Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy Program


Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1994 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Home Improvement (1991)
1992 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Under Ten Home Improvement (1991)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1999 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series – Leading Young Actor Home Improvement (1991)
1993 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Outstanding Actor Under Ten in a Television Series Home Improvement (1991)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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