Joe E. Tatabest known for having played the charismatic role of Nat Bussichio in the series Beverly Hills 90210died this Thursday at 85 years old after a battle with Alzheimer’s that was diagnosed in 2018.
The unfortunate news was shared by the actor Ian Zieringwho shared the screen with Tata in the iconic series where he played Steve Sanders.
“I remember seeing him in the Rockford Files with James Garner years before we worked on 90210. He was one of the usual background villains in the original Batman series. One of the happiest people I have ever worked with, he was generous with his wisdom and his kindness”
Despite having a secondary role, Ziering claimed that he was the closest thing to a leader “especially for us” and that he would keep in his memory the anecdotes that kept them captivated so much about the world of entertainment for his long career on the small screen and sent his condolences to the relatives.
Similarly, his daughter Kelly Katherine Tata confirmed the news via a GoFundMe page, originally used to obtain support for the care and treatment of his father. In June he was transferred to a memory care center in Los Angeles.
Tata was born on September 13, 1936 in the Bronx, New York. Thanks to his participation in the series of Batmanthe actor gained popularity despite appearing in five episodes.
But it was with his interpretation of Nat Bussichio when he endeared himself to the viewers by being the one who supported the Beverly Hills group in the cafeteria Peach Pitwhere the boys hung out and became a centerpiece of the series, through maturing advice or supporting them with work.
made an appearance in 238 episodes of the series and also appeared in the reboot of the show. She in the same way she was in Magnum PI, Hill Street Blues, Batman and the A-Team.
For your part Jason Priestleywho played the character Brandon Walsh, published his condolences on his social networks and lamented the death of a great friend and an important part of the interpreter’s life.
“Today we lost my great friend and TV boss, Joe E. Tata. Nat Bussichio was a big part of Beverly Hills 90210 and Joey it was an important part of my life”, wrote the actor in a message shared on Instagram and Twitter.
This is the second actor involved in the project to lose his life recently, because in 2019, Luke Perry died of a stroke at the age of 52.
Perry was hospitalized the same day that the Fox network announced that Beverly Hills 90210 was returning to television with olds cast membersalthough Perry was not mentioned on the list due to his commitment to Riverdale. This played Dylan Mckay.
Days later Priestley gave an emotional farewell message on social networks where he stated that Perry was a special person, not only as an actor because “it was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished too soon”.