The actor best known as Peach Pit Diner owner Nate Busicchio on the 1990s teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” has died after battling Alzheimer’s disease.
LOS ANGELES — Joe E. Tata, best known as Peach Pit Diner owner Nate Busicchio on the 1990s teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210,” has died. He was 85 years old.
His daughter, Kelly Catherine Tata, announced in a GoFundMe On Thursday, the page posted that her father died on Wednesday night. She previously wrote that her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018.
“My father and I are forever grateful for the love and support from family, friends and fans,” said Tata’s daughter, who also wrote that the remaining funds raised from the campaign will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. He called his father “honest, kind and a truly incredible father.”
Tata appeared in television shows including “Lost in Space,” “The Rockford Files,” “Gomer Pyle, USMC” and the original “Batman” series. But he was most popular for his role on “Beverly Hills, 90210” for all 10 seasons of the hit series.
Tata reprized the role of Nat Bussichio in the spin-off series “90210” that aired on the CW network from 2008 to 2013.
Ian Zering, a “90210” star, wrote In a social media post he praised Tata as “one of the happiest people I have ever worked with.”
He said Tata was “as generous with his wisdom as he was with his kindness.”