TV - Movies
The Devastating
Death Of
Joe E. Tata
By MIKE BEDARD
Joe E. Tata, who was best known for his role as Nat Bussichio on "Beverly Hills, 90210," has died at the age of 85. He leaves behind a daughter, Kelly Tata, whom he shared with his ex-wife Susan Levy.
Although the exact cause of death has not yet been confirmed, Tata was known to be suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, a condition with which he was diagnosed in 2014. Tata began his career in the early 1960s and made a name for himself as a TV guest star, appearing on shows like "Hogan's Heroes," "Batman," and "Lost in Space."
However, his most iconic role wouldn't come until the 1990s when he was cast as Nat Bussichio, owner of the Peach Pit diner, on "Beverly Hills, 90210." His daughter Kelly Tata spoke to the press about her father stating, "He just loved working with everyone. He loved it. He loved the camaraderie; he loved the energy, and he always told me that he loved rehearsing with Luke [Perry]."