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Death of Joe E. Tata: the stars of Beverly Hills 90210 pay tribute to him

American actor Joe E. Tata, best known for being Nat, the boss of the Peach Pit in the series “Beverly Hills 90210” died on August 24 at the age of 85. His former colleagues on the show have paid glowing tributes to him.

Joe E. Tata dies aged 85

American comedian Joe E. Tata, best known for playing the role of Nat Bussichio, the boss of the Peach Pit in the cult series Beverly Hills 90210died on August 24 at the age of 85. It was his daughter, Kelly, who announced the bad news. He had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

Joe E. Tata and Jason Priestley in Beverly Hills 90210 © FOX

Present in the ten seasons of the flagship series of the 90s, the character of Nat had become over the episodes a confidant and a father figure to the young heroes of the show. He also returned to make an appearance in the revival of the series in 2008, the time of three episodes.

In 2019, he found part of the cast at the inauguration of the Peach Pit pop-up store in Los Angeles. The famous dinner had indeed been recreated for a limited time and had welcomed customers wishing to find a flagship location in the series.

Inauguration of the Peach Pit Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and Joe E. Tata at the grand opening of the Peach Pit in 2019

Beverly Hills stars pay tribute to him

Following the announcement of his death, his former co-stars decided to pay tribute to him on social networks. Thus, Ian Ziering (Steve), Jennie Garth (Kelly), Tori Spelling (Donna), Brian Austin Green (David) or even Jason Priestley (Brandon) remembered their shared moments. A difficult moment for the band, which had already lost one of its own, Luke Perry (Dylan), who disappeared in 2019.

Another great loss for our family today. I am very sad but I will always remember that smile and that mischievous laugh. I tell myself that there is a reunion party at the Peach Pit in paradise, and it reassures me to know that there will be a place for me one day, surrounded by my friends (…)

(…) one of the happiest people I have worked with. He was very kind and generous. Even though the Peach Pit was a stage set, it often seemed to be the location of the Joe E Tata show (…) it may have been a supporting role but brought us great strength.

One of the funniest, kindest, and most professional people I’ve met in my life. The friend of a lifetime (…) I have never seen him without a smile on his face. His humor was unique, and he brightened up our working days, which seemed to pass more quickly (…) we drank in the stories he told us. He knew everyone, and was everyone’s friend. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like Joey (…) He reminded me a lot of my father. And the two actually led me down the aisle. One in real life, and the other in Beverly Hills 90210. It was I who asked the screenwriters to have Nat come with me. It meant a lot to me. He was always very protective (…) I am happy that he is finally at peace. Joey, have a drink with my dad!

We have lost my dear friend and a television great. Nat Busicchio had a big place in Beverly Hills 90210 and Joey had a big place in my life. Rest in peace Joe. There won’t be another like you.

A friend sent me this video from several years ago. Joey was part of the family. He will be missed but will always be kept in our minds.

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