Joe E Tata, the actor known as the Peach Pit diner owner Nat Bussichio on the 1990s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 has died. He was 85.
His daughter, Kelly Katherine Tata, announced in a GoFundMe page posting on Thursday (Aug 25) that her father died on Wednesday night. She previously wrote that her father had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018.
“My father and I are forever grateful for the love and support of family, friends and fans,” said Tata’s daughter, who also wrote that the remaining funds raised from the campaign will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. She called her father was “honest, kind, and a truly incredible father”.
Tata appeared in television shows including Lost In Space, The Rockford Files, Gomer Pyle, USM.C. and the original Batman series. But he was most popular for the role he played on Beverly Hills, 90210 for all 10 seasons of the hit series.
Tata reprised the Nat Bussichio role in the spin-off series 90210, which aired on the CW network from 2008 to 2013.
Ian Ziering, a 90210 star, wrote in a social media post that he admired Tata as “one of the happiest people I’ve ever worked with”.
He said Tata was “as generous with his wisdom as he was with his kindness”.