Forever in our hearts. Joe E. Tata’s former Beverly Hills, 90210Costars pay tribute to his passing at 85.
“In the last few months we’ve lost Jessica Klein one of 90210’s most prolific writers and producers, Denise Douse who played Mrs. Teasley, and now I’m very sad to say Joe E Tata has passed away,” Ian ZieringOn Thursday, August 25, Steve Sanders, the actor on the FOX drama, wrote via Instagram. “Joey was truly an OG, I remember seeing him on the Rockford Files Years before we worked together, James Garner. 90210. He was often one the background villains in the original. Batman series. One of the happiest people I’ve ever worked with, he was as generous with his wisdom as he was with his kindness.”
Ziering, 54, continued in his social media tribute: “Though the peach pit was a 90210 It often felt like the background to Joe E. Tata’s shows. The stories of days gone by that he would share, incredible experiences in the entertainment industry that he was a part of would keep us all captivated.”
Tata played Nat Bussichio, the owner of the Peach Pit, on more than 200 episodes of the teen drama before reprising his role during The CW’s 90210 2008 reboot The actor who died in 2008, and even reunited with Tori SpellingAnd Jennie GarthTheir website Mystery Girls series in 2014, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2018, according to Deadline.
Tata’s death comes weeks after the Beverly Hills, 90210 The cast gathered to mourn Denise Dowse’s passing. Dowse, who was Vice Principal Yvonne Teasley’s, died at 64 after a battle with meningitis.
“This gorgeous inside and out human left us too soon. We all love you so much,” Spelling, 49, wrote via her Instagram Story at the time. “Forever Mrs T[easley].”
Ziering, for his part, wrote: “So heartbreaking to say Denise Dowse has passed away. Through all my years working on Beverly Hills 90210My scenes with Denise are here [always]Be remembered with the deepest respect for her talent and love for her loving soul. My most heartfelt off-camera laughs were shared between her and me as we worked out the discipline Mrs. Teasley would give to my Steve Sanders. My deepest condolences go out to her family and to all those she loved. God bless you Denise, pay forward that Legacy Key A.”
Scroll down to find out how the Beverly Hills, 90210 alums have honored Tata’s legacy following his death: