When we think of the series Beverly Hills 90210, we think of Brenda, of Brandon, of Kelly, of Dylan. We remember Andrea, Steve, David, Donna. They became teen icons overnight. But one of its original actors, and those in charge of guiding the youngest, Joe E, Tata, has died.
The person responsible for publicly communicating his death has been Ian Zieringwho played Steve on the series: “In recent months we have lost Jessica Klein, one of the most prolific writers and producers of Beverly Hills 90210Denise Dowse who played Mrs. Teasley and now I’m sorry to say that Joe E. Tata has passed away.”
The actor was 85 years old and, as reported by the portal dead linesince 2018 Alzheimer’s as her daughter had reported on social networks, who had also asked for help to cover medical costs.
Luke Perry and Joe Tata, in “Beverly Hills 90210”.
From the original cast
In the message, Ian Ziering wanted to highlight that he was “a true OG” (that is, a member of the original cast) of the series, in addition to having had a career with roles in Rockford Files with James Garner or as a villain in the original series of Batman before participating in the teen drama created by Darren Star.
“He was one of the happiest people I’ve ever worked with. he was as generous with his wisdom as he was with his kindness. Although the Peach Pit (the cafeteria that appeared in the series) was a set of Beverly Hills 90210often looked like the set of the Joe E. Tata show ”, he has claimed.
He is not without reason when describing him as one of the original characters of Beverly Hills 90210. Creator Darren Star introduced him in the third episode as Nat Bussichio, the owner of the Peach Pit in which the characters spent so many hours, where Brandon worked for a good season and where Dylan ended up being a partner.
He was in most of the episodes
Ian Ziering, Joe Tata and Jennie Garth, in “Beverly Hills 90210”.
In the first season he was only a recurring character, but in the following nine seasons it was a fixed presence, working on a total of 238 episodes of the 292 that the series had. Only Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Kellie Garth participated in more episodes than him as David, Donna and Kelly.
A party from the cast of “Beverly Hills 90210,” in 1997. Joe Tata peeks out from behind Kathleen Robertson, in black. Reuters Photo
“I will always remember that mischievous and loving smile”, Garth has dedicated to him. “I feel like there is a festive gathering in heaven at the Peach Pit and it comforts me to know that one day there will be a seat for me surrounded by my dear friends.”
Meanwhile, Green, Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty, who played David, Brandon and Brenda, have shared images with him, in addition to lamenting the death of his former partner in front of and behind the cameras.
Beverly Hills 90210 was a success not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Its protagonists became youth idolsand despite having suffered some problems due to excesses throughout their lives, they were able to get together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series.
There was also a sequel, called Beverly Hills 90210: The Next Generation.
Source: La Vanguardia/Peré Solá Gimferrer
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