Taran Noah Smith starred as Mark Taylor on ABC’s Home Improvement for its entire, massively successful eight-season run. When the TV comedy series ended in 1999, however, Smith decided that he had no desire to continue acting – and walked away from showbiz altogether. Yet despite this move his turbulent private life would still be splashed across tabloid headlines for many years after he’d left our screens.
Home Improvement was, of course, the show that made comedian Tim Allen a household name. It was one of the most-watched sitcoms of the 1990s, in fact, and even launched the career of future Baywatch sex symbol Pamela Anderson. The three young actors who played Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor’s sons Brad, Randy and Mark – Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Taran Noah Smith, respectively – were also catapulted to stardom.