The cast of “Beverly Hills, 90210” is paying tribute to Joe E. Tata after his death.
The 85-year-old beloved actor, best known as the owner of the Peach Pit on the long-running show, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.
His death was announced by former castmate Ian Ziering on Instagram, following the recent deaths of two other co-stars.
“Over the past few months we have lost one of Jessica Klein’s most famous writers and creators on 90210, Dennis Doss who played Mrs. Teasley, and now I am very saddened to say that Joe E. Tata has passed away,” Ziering wrote in his article. Post.
“Joey was really an OG, I remember seeing him on ‘Rockford Files’ with James Garner before we worked together on ‘90210’.”
The pair co-starred with original series stars Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Jenny Garth, Brian Austin Green, Gabriel Carteris and the late Luke Perry.
“He was one of the background villains in the original ‘Batman’ series,” Ziering added. “One of the happiest people I ever worked with, he was as generous in his wisdom as he was in his kindness.”
Tata appeared in 238 episodes of “90210” from 1990 to 2000 as Nat Busicchio – the owner of a diner where high school students used to hang out.
He reprized his role in several roles in the show’s spinoffs.
After Tata’s death, many of his “90210” co-stars paid tribute to him on social media.
“We lost our family and best friend Joe E. Tata,” co-star Tori Spelling wrote on Instagram alongside a series of photos of the pair.
The actress, who played Donna Martin on the hit show, remembered Tata as “one of the kindest, funniest, most professional, amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and most importantly becoming friends with throughout my life.”
As for his sense of humor, Spelling said Tata’s “delivery was always spot on. He had us in stitches.”
“He made long days of work seem short. He was the ultimate professional. Loved hearing the amazing stories he would tell,” she added.
Elsewhere in her emotional tribute, Spelling revealed that she asked the writers to let her on the show with Tata’s character.
“It meant a lot to me. Personal and professional,” she explained. “It was based on our close real-life friendship and the fact that he was a funny, caring, loyal and protective male role model for me.”
Brian Austin Green also paid tribute to the late actor by sharing a clip of the pair hugging on Instagram.
“Joey was definitely a member of the family and will be missed but very fondly remembered,” he wrote.
Jenny Garth, the actress who played Kelly Taylor on the show, wrote, “I am very sad but will always remember that smile and mischievously loving laugh.”
Paying tribute to other artists who have died, Garth added, “I feel like there’s a reunion party going on at the Peach Pit in heaven, and I take comfort in knowing that one day I’ll be sitting there surrounded by my dearest friends. .
“Sending hugs to all who love Joey today. Loss is so hard… #beverlyhills90210,” she added.
Elsewhere, Shannen Doherty, who plays Brenda Walsh, posted a photo of her and Tata on her Instagram story as a tribute.
Ziering shared his own tribute to Tata on social media and said that he was a fan of the actor before working with him.
“Joey was a real OG, I remember seeing him on The Rockford Files with James Garner before we worked together in 90210. He was one of the background villains in the original Batman series,” he wrote.
He said Tata was “one of the happiest people I have ever worked with, as generous in his wisdom as he was in his kindness.”
Jason Priestley, who played Brandon Walsh on “90210,” wrote in his tribute, “Today we lost my dear friend and TV boss Joe E. Tata. Nat Busiccio was a big part of Beverly Hills 90210 and Joey was a big part of my life. Rest In Peace Joe. There will never be another.”
Tata’s other credits include “Magnum, PI,” “The Rockford Files,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Batman” and “The A-Team.”
His final TV credit was in 2014 when he appeared on ABC Family’s “Mystery Girls” alongside “90210” costars Spelling and Garth.
The “90210” family has lost several costars over the years, including actor Luke Perry, who died in March 2019 at age 52.
The actor, who played Dylan McKay on the hit show, was hospitalized after suffering a stroke and died five days later.