His cast Beverly Hills, 90210 remembers Joe E. Tata after his death.
The actor, best known for playing Peach Pit restaurant owner Nat Bussichio on the long-running series, has died aged 86 after previously being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Many of the show’s stars reacted to the news on Instagram, paying tribute to the late actor.
Sharing an emotional set of photos of herself and Tata over the years, Tori Spelling wrote: “We lost our family and our good friend Joe E. Tata 💔…”
She remembered him as “one of the kindest, funniest, most professional, amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with and, most importantly, be friends with in my entire life.”
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On his sense of humor, Spelling said Tata’s delivery was always on point. It kept us in stitches.
Calling him the “consummate professional,” Spelling said he was one of the highlights of her work day.
Likening Tata to her real-life father Aaron, who died in 2006, Spelling referenced the first photo in her Instagram post — in which Tata’s Nat walked Spelling’s Donna Martin down the show’s aisle. Spelling said that was a request she gave the writers. “He meant a lot to me. Personally and professionally. Based on our close real-life friendship and the fact that he was a fun, loving, loyal and protective male role model for me, this was as it should be.”
Aaron Spelling Prods Joe E. Tata in Beverly Hills, 90210
After sharing special memories shared with Tata, she praised the late actor who was always there when she needed him, on and off the sets.
“I’m glad he’s finally at peace. Joey have a drink with my dad! Xo,” Spelling concluded her tribute.
Sharing a recent video of him and Tata embracing, Brian Austin Green wrote: “Joey was definitely family and will be missed but remembered so fondly ❤️.”
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The “great loss” was also admitted by Jennie Garth on Instagram with two photos of her posing with Tata and Spelling.
“I have a very sad heart, but I will always remember that smile and mischievous tender laugh,” Garth wrote.
Recognition of others Beverly Hills, 90210 stars who have also passed away, Garth added, “I feel like there’s a Peach Pit reunion party going on in heaven and I find comfort in knowing that someday I’ll be there for myself, surrounded by my dear friends🙏🏻.”
“Sending hugs to everyone who loved Joey today. The loss is so hard… 😓 #beverlyhills90210,” she concluded.
For her tribute, Shannen Doherty simply shared a photo of herself and Tata on set via her Instagram Story.
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In his own message, Ian Ziering recalled that he was a Tata fan before working with him on the series.
“Joey was truly an OG, I remember seeing him in the Rockford archives with James Garner years before we worked together on 90210. He was often one of the background villains in the original Batman series,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Tata . on set, followed by a picture of him and Tata smiling together.
He added in part that Tata was “one of the happiest people I’ve ever worked with, as generous in his wisdom as he was in his kindness.”
“She may have been in the back of many scenes, but she was a guiding force, especially for us kids, in how to appreciate the gift that was 90210,” Ziering wrote of Tata. “My smile is fading today, but looking back on fond memories moves him from my eyes to my heart, where he will always be.”
Jason Priestley paid tribute to Tata with a flashback of them at a black tie event.
“Today we lost my dear friend and TV boss Joe E Tata. Nat Busiccio was a huge part of Beverly Hills 90210 and Joey was a huge part of my life. Rest In Peace Joe. There will never be another,” he wrote.
Tata’s daughter Kelly confirmed his death on the GoFundMe page she set up last October to raise money as the actor battled his declining health.
Kelly previously shared that her father was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018, and in Thursday’s GoFundMe update, she wrote, “The remaining funds raised from this campaign will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.”