Taran Noah Smith is an American businessman and a former actor who peaked in the early 90s and 2000s as a child actor. Besides his acting career, Smith made headlines due to his controversial marriage to his ex-wife, Heidi Van Pelt. He was married to her throughout the 2000s before their divorce.
As Taran has been under the radar as of late, fans are eager to know if the former actor got married again or is seeing someone. Let’s uncover all the details regarding his personal and professional life in the article below.
Did Taran Noah Smith Get Married Again?
Currently, Smith isn’t married officially to anyone and continues to live a single life. He was married to Heidi Van Pelt for about six years before they split. Their marriage was not as smooth sailing as they had hoped and their divorce battle was even more intense.
How Did Smith Meet His Ex-Wife Heidi? Details
Smith had a reputation for being an avid animal rights activist and followed a strict vegan diet. This helped him get in contact with, Heidi, a vegan cook and a co-host of a radio show, Raw Health.
As a vegan cook, Heidi held dinners for many celebrities at her house. The lovebirds reportedly met for dinner at her house with Smith’s co-star Zachary Ty Bryan but Heidi was in another relationship at the time. Nevertheless, they remained friends.
After Heidi’s breakup with her then-boyfriend, the former flames got together for a movie where they bonded over their music taste. They shared many common interests and developed a strong friendship that soon blossomed into a romance.
Taran and Heidi eventually tied the knot on April 27, 2001, when Smith was only 17 at a strip club in Topeka.
Taran Noah’s Relationship With His Parents Worsened After His Marriage
Heidi was 16 years older than Smith when they were married; she was 34 while he was only 17. This age gap sparked a lot of controversies in the media. It was revealed that Taran lied to his parents about Heidi’s age. When they came to learn about this, they disapproved of their marriage and even kicked them out of the house.
Smith soon sued his parents for squandering the 1.5 million dollar trust fund he earned while playing the youngest son, Mark Taylor during the hit sitcom, Home Improvement. He had tried to gain access to this fund at 17 but he was not allowed access at the time. He eventually won the case and gained ownership over it after he turned 18.
Noah and Heidi’s Relationship Was Going Strong But Fell Short
The former couple persevered through their relationship despite Smith’s family issues and continued criticism from the fans and media. They went on to have a son together, Nolan Eric Smith, and also started a vegan cashew cheese manufacturing business called Playfood in 2005.
Alas, everything was not roses and rainbows as the two announced their divorce in 2007, after six years of marriage. Their divorce was anything but harmonious as their underlying personal matters led to legal battles with his wife over the ownership of his company and their child.
The Reason Behind Their Separation
Both Smith and Heidi blamed each other for their split. Following their marriage, there were several rumors of Taran Smith cheating on his ex-wife Heidi. Heidi also accused Smith of excessive drinking on top of her cheating allegations.
On top of that, she filed a restraining order saying that Smith was trying to transfer his assets to another California-based company that he owns.
Later, Smith countered the cheating allegations mentioning Heidi had affairs with other women. Smith claimed they opted for an open relationship, but after other girls showed interest in Taran, Heidi broke all the dishes in their house.
Meanwhile, Smith mentioned Heidi was seeing another man, a musician 12 years younger with whom she was trying to take over Playfood. He also noted she was trying to swindle their business profits to her company in Kansas.
The Fallout Of Their Divorce
Taran and his former spouse Heidi entered a lengthy court battle for both their business and custody of their child. Eventually, he lost both these battles leaving Heidi a little bit richer. However, there was a silver lining for Smith in the form of a renewed relationship with his parents.
After his divorce, Smith admitted his mistake and reunited with his parents. He also shared his experiences regarding his early acting career in his mother’s book “Stardom Happens: Nurturing Your Child in the Entertainment Business.”
Taran Noah Smith Had a Huge Crush on Pamela Anderson
After his divorce, he avoided the limelight and maintained a private life. In his last public TV appearance, Smith appeared with his co-star Zachery Bryan on Access Hollywood where they discussed their mutual crush on co-star, Pamela Anderson.
Watch: Taran Noah and Zachery Bryan share information on their crushes:
Who Are Taran’s Parents?
Smith was born on 8 April 1984 in San Francisco, California to parents David Smith and Candy Bennici. He also has a sister, Ariandrea Hilary Smith, who is a model.
He went to the University of Southern California where he intended to study film and graduated in April 2001.
Rise And Fall From Stardom
Smith played the role of the youngest son, Mark Taylor in the popular sitcom, Home Improvement (1991-1999)). His character in the sitcom by far is the popular one and he spent almost 10 years of his life playing the role. This helped him win two Young Artist Awards in 1992 and 1994.
He also starred in Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home (1997), Ebbie (1995), 7th Heaven (1997), and an episode of Batman Beyond (1999
However, Smith did not follow in the footsteps of his contemporaries and ended his acting career early. He said “I started Home Improvement when I was seven, 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.”
What Has Taran Noah Smith Been Up To Now?
Currently, Smith resides in Los Angeles, California where he has been working as a Sea Recovery Technician at SpaceX since July 2023. He is responsible for recovering orbital boosters and fairings as they land at sea.
Previously, he performed the tasks of an integration technician for the organization from July 2022 – June 2023. He also worked as a Technical manager for the
He was also a co-owner of vegan manufacturer, Playfood from June 2002 to July 2009 before his divorce.
|Jun 2014 – Dec 2014
|The Fairweather Gallery
|Apr 2015 – Aug 2017
|Burners Without Borders
|Sep 2017 – Jan 2018
|Aspen Water Inc
|Mar 2010 – Jul 2018
Pisces VI Submarine SL
|Jun 2009 – May 2022
|Apr 2017 – May 2022
What Is Taran Noah Smith’s Net Worth?
Smith was estimated to have a net worth of 1.5 million dollars in 2001 when he had just finished starring in Home Improvement. Now, his current wealth is $300k.
Currently, he is estimated to earn an average of $80k as part of his duties as a Sea Recovery technician at SpaceX.