Joe E. Tata, best known for his role in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” has died. He was 85.
Ian Ziering, Tata’s co-star in the hit film, confirmed the actor’s death on Thursday via an Instagram post. He noted that it had been a difficult time for the “Beverly Hills, 90210” family, as Tata’s death came after the deaths of two other cast members, Denise Dowse and Jessica Klein.
“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 in the original Batman series.”
He also called his co-star one of the happiest people he’d ever worked with, saying Tata was generous with wisdom and kindness when he was still alive.
Ziering went on to say that Tata was a driving force in the drama and an inspiration to the audience.
Tata’s other fans and colleagues paid tribute to him and sent heartfelt condolence messages to the family.
His family and representatives have yet to issue an official statement in response to his death. But, Joe, PEOPLE noticed. Alzheimer’s disease was the cause of death for E Tata.
His daughter Kelly set up a GoFundMe page in October 2021 to help with his medical bills. Her father’s death worsened in 2014, she revealed.
Tata was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018, which was devastating news.
The New York City native began his career in notable series such as “General Hospital,” “Mister Roberts,” and “The Outer Limits.”
Tata’s career peaked in the 1970s and 1980s when he was cast in cop dramas such as “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Mannix,” “Adam-12,” and “The F.B.I.”
Despite having a long list of projects, his role in “Beverly Hills, 90210” catapulted him to fame. For ten seasons, he played the owner of the Peach Pit in the drama.
To name a few, the series starred Gabrielle Carteris, Luke Perry, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, and Shannen Doherty.
He was still able to appear in ABC Family’s “Mystery Girls” before his death, but his health began to deteriorate after his appearance.