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Taran Noah Smith
Born April 8, 1984 (1984-04-08) (age 25)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Taran Smith, TNS
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991 — present
Spouse(s) Heidi van Pelt (2001–2007)

Taran Noah Smith (born April 8, 1984) is an American actor. He is most notably known for his portrayal of Marcus "Mark" Jason Taylor on the sitcom Home Improvement.



Smith was born in San Francisco, California, to David Smith and Candy Bennici. He is of English, Irish, Swedish and Italian descent. Smith has an older sister, Aria Smith (b. 1977), who was a child model. Taran is named for the main character in Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain series of novels for young adults.

Smith taught himself to play the drums, and his favorite school subjects were math and art. Smith graduated from high school at fifteen, and briefly attended the University of Southern California. He was accepted to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, but dropped out shortly after beginning classes.

Smith is an environmentalist. In June 2006 he was arrested trying to save the South Central Farm, the largest urban community garden that was threatened by land developers.

Personal life

On April 27, 2001, shortly after his 17th birthday, Smith married Heidi van Pelt, who was sixteen years older than him. They moved to Lawrence, Kansas and opened a non-dairy cheese manufacturing company called Playfood. At 18, he gained control of his US$1.5 million trust fund, which he accused his parents of squandering by purchasing themselves a mansion[1] [2]. Smith and van Pelt returned to California and opened up a vegan organic restaurant called Playfood. Despite internet rumors, Smith and Van Pelt never had a child between them.

Smith's marriage was annulled on April 2, 2009. Smith and van Pelt engaged in a legal battle over the companies that they had co-owned--PlayFood Restaurant in Studio City, California and its manufacturing plant in Kansas City. As a result of this, Smith reconciled with his parents [3]. Smith filed a lawsuit and a request for a temporary injunction against his former wife and business partner, Heidi van Pelt in February 2007. Smith accused her of channeling funds from their business Playfood Inc. into her own business called Playfood Manufacturing LLC. Smith emerged victorious from the protracted legal battle and remains in control of Playfood Inc.



  • 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



TV Series


  • Ebbie (December 4, 1995) - Tiny Tim
  • Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home (1997) - Brian Ferris
  • Speedball: The Movie (2002) - David Zoran
  • The 1 Second Film (2009) - (producer)
  • The Patriot

Other Appearances


  1. ^ Taran Smith Battling Parents; September, 2001
  2. ^ "Former 'Home Improvement' star turns 18 Monday, wins right to trust fund", Associated Press State & Local Wire, April 8, 2002
  3. ^ Taran tells parents, "Taran Noah Smith's Bizarre Divorce" July 26, 2007

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