Taran Noah Smith Biography: Movies, Children, Parents, Siblings, Height, Instagram, Photos, Age, Net Worth, Spous

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Taran Noah Smith, a former actor known for his role as Mark Taylor on Home Improvement, has shifted his focus to business and technology.

He co-founded a vegan cheese company called Playfood and works at SpaceX as an integration technician, displaying his passion for plant-based options and technical expertise in aerospace.


  • Full Name: Taran Noah Smith
  • Born: April 8, 1984
  • Age: 39 years old
  • Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: Former Actor and Businessman
  • Height: 1.83m
  • Parent: David Smith, Candy Bennici
  • Siblings: Ariandrea Hilary Smith
  • Spouse: Heidi Van Pelt
  • Children: Nolan Eric Smith
  • Relationship: N/A
  • Net Worth: $300,000

Early Life

He was born in San Francisco, California, in 1984 and started acting at age seven. He is known for his roles in the sitcom Home Improvement and the movie Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home.

He was raised alongside his older sister, Ariandrea Hilary Smith, who has a successful career as an international model.

He had a difficult relationship with his parents, especially concerning his trust fund. At 18 in 2001, he claimed they mishandled it, although this claim was later challenged.


Taran Noah Smith first intended to study film at the University of Southern California (USC).

He left school before earning his degree, though.

Though nothing is known about his major or academic goals at USC, it’s important to remember that he began his early acting career at seven and finally gave up acting completely. This could be the reason he never completed his film studies.


Both in front of the camera and behind it, Taran Noah Smith’s career has taken some intriguing detours. Began acting at the age of seven.

He is best knownHe is best known for his 1991–1999 portrayal of Mark Taylor in the sitcom Home Improvement.

He participated in various projects, including Batman Beyond, 7th Heaven, and Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home. He was honoured with two Young Artist Awards for his work on Home Improvement.

He decided to give up acting in the early 2000s. Teamed up with his ex-wife to found Playfood, a non-profit that promoted organic and vegan cuisine. Had a strong interest in sustainable living and briefly lived on a yacht.

Awards and Nominations

  • 1992 Young Artist Award, Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Under Ten for his role in Home Improvement
  • 1993 Young Artist Award, Outstanding Actor Under Ten in a Television Series for his role in Home Improvement
  • 1999 Young Artist Award, Best Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series – Leading Young Actor for his role in Home Improvement

Social Media

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  • facebook handle: N/A
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Personal Life

He took charge of his $1.5 million trust fund at 18 and accused his parents of misusing it to buy a mansion.

His mother, Candy Bennici, denied the claims in 2015, stating that they never touched his money as it was in a trust fund they couldn’t access.

Legal battles ensued when they tried to access it when he was 17, but the courts ruled to protect his inheritance.

Eventually, he realized his parents were trying to safeguard his money, not exploit it, as he moved past the teenage phase.

In 2001, Smith stated that he began his acting career on Home Improvement at seven, and it ended when he was 16, leaving him feeling like he never had the opportunity to choose his path.

At 16, he decided he no longer wanted to pursue acting.

At 17, Smith married Heidi van Pelt on April 27, 2001, causing a stir due to their significant age gap, as van Pelt was 16 years older. The couple eventually divorced on February 2, 2007.

Smith and his then-wife opened Playfood, a vegan and organic restaurant and a non-dairy cheese factory in California, in 2005.

In 2014, he volunteered for Communitere in the Philippines. In addition, Smith trains people to operate submarines as the Technical Manager for the Community Submersibles Project.

Smith began working at SpaceX as an integration technician in July 2022. Smith follows a vegan diet.



  • Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home (1998) as Danny
  • Ebbie (1995) as Randy
  • Forrest Gump (1994) as Little Forrest (uncredited)
  • Radioland Murders (1994) as Young Cal (uncredited)
  • My Girl 2 (1994) as Danny
  • Hocus Pocus (1993) as Jason
  • Rookie of the Year (1993) as Henry
  • North (1994) as Theo North
  • Andre (1994) as Max Reynolds


  • Home Improvement (1991–1999) as Mark Taylor (207 episodes)
  • 7th Heaven (1999–2000) as Robbie Palmer (11 episodes)
  • Batman Beyond (1999–2001) as Terry McGinnis (52 episodes, voice)
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2000) as Harvey Kinkle (2 episodes)
  • Lizzie McGuire (2002) as Matt McGuire (1 episode)
  • Strong Medicine (2002) as Ethan (1 episode)
  • Boston Public (2003) as Kyle (1 episode)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2004) as Jason Blake (1 episode)
  • Joey (2004) as Joey’s Son (1 episode)
  • Summerland (2005) as Derek (1 episode)

Net Worth

The former American child actor Taran Noah Smith’s net worth is around $300,00.

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