Daytime Alum Joe E. Tata Dead at 85
Veteran actor Joe E. Tata has died at the age of 85. Former BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 castmate Ian Ziering shared the sad news on Instagram. “Joey was truly an OG,” he declared. “I remember seeing him on THE ROCKFORD FILES with James Garner years before we worked together on 90210. He was often one of the background villains on 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 continued. “Though the Peach Pit was a 90210 set, it often felt like the backdrop to the Joe E. Tata show. 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. He may have been in the back of many scenes, but he was a leading force, especially to us guys, on how to appreciate the gift that 90210 was.
“My smile dims today,” the actor concluded, “but basking in fond memories moves him from my eyes to my heart where he will always be. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends, and everyone else he was dear to. Rest in peace, Joey.”
Although best known to TV viewers as Peach Pit owner Nate on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 and its 2008 sequel, 90210, Tata also has some daytime in his resume having played Rudy King on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Warren on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. In addition, the actor could be seen in classic television shows like BEN CASEY, HOGAN’S HEROES, LOST IN SPACE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, VEGA$, and HILL STREET BLUES.
Our thoughts are with Tata’s friends and family during this difficult time.