“Beverly Hills, 90210” star Joe E. Tata has died at the age of 85, according to his former co-star.
Ian Ziering, who appeared with the late actor in Aaron Spelling’s teen drama as Steve Sanders, shared the tragic news on social media about the actor bringing The Peachtree owner Nate Busiccio back to life, while lamenting other losses from the series’ cast and crew endured “over the last few months” in an emotional tribute.
The 58-year-old actor wrote on Instagram on Thursday (25/08/22): “Over the last few months we have lost Jessica Klein, one of the most prolific writers and producers on 90210, Denise Dawes who played Mrs. Teasley and now I am very sad to say, that Joe E Tata died. Joey was really OG, I remember seeing him in The Rockford Files with James Garner years before we worked together on 90210. He was often one of the background villains in the original Batman series.”
Ian called Joe “one of the luckiest people” he’s ever worked with, while praising his “wisdom” and “kindness.”
Ian continued: “One of the happiest people I’ve ever worked with, he was as generous with his wisdom as he was with his kindness. Despite being the set of 90210, the peach pit often seemed like a backdrop for the Joe & Dad show. The stories of yesteryear that he shared, the incredible experience in the entertainment industry that he was a part of, would have fascinated us all. He may have been in many scenes, but he was a guiding force, especially for us guys, in appreciating the gift that was 90210. Today, my smile fades, but fond memories carry him from my eyes to my heart, where he always will be.”
Ian offered his “heartfelt condolences” to Joe’s friends and family.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to all others to whom he was dear. Rest in peace, Joey [praying hands emoji]»
In 2014, Joe’s daughter Kelly started a GoFundMe page detailing that her father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, which was diagnosed in 2018, and that his health had deteriorated since his last role on the ABC Family series, Mysterious Girls.
In 2019, Luke Perry, who played heartthrob Dylan McKay, died at the age of 52 after complications from a stroke.