Joe E. Tata, the actor best known for playing the role as the owner of Peach Pit diner (named after the famous indie Pop band of the same name), Nat Bussichio on Beverly Hills, 90210, has died. He was 86. His co-actor from the 90210 show, Ian Ziering announced the news via an Instagram post.
Who was Joe E. Tata?
Joseph ‘Joe’ E. Tata was born on September 13, 1936, in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. His father was known as ‘Rosey the Singing Barber’, a vaudeville performer. He was married to Susan Levy. Levy is most famously known to be a part of Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery. The actor had a daughter by the name of Kelly Katharine Tata with his wife.
He made his acting debut with the 1964 TV show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C where he played the character of Joey Lombardi. He only featured in 2 episodes. From 1966-1968, he featured as Goon, Tallow and Suleiman in the Batman series from the year 1966-1968. Later on, he was part of The Rockford Files, an American detective drama television series in multiple roles such as Solly Marshall / Sal / Norman Abbott Kline among others. But the Bronx native’s most popular role to date came in when he starred in the American teen drama series, Beverly Hills, 90210. His portrayal of Nat Bussichio was highly loved by the fans of the show.
Throughout his career, he acted in over 23 television series with the last being in 2014. It was called the Mystery Girls. He played the role of Principal Frost.
However, the show got canceled after just one season.
The actor was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018 and succumbed after four years of battling the disease.