Tal Ordell

Talone Ordell (1880–1948), better known as Tal Ordel, was an Australian actor, writer and director. Ordell was probably born in Calcutta, India, seventh child of Victorian-born parents William Odell Raymond Buntine, drover, and his wife Susanna, née Mawley[1]. He worked extensively on stage and screen as an actor in the 1910s and 1920s, playing Dad Rudd twice for Raymond Longford and Dad Hayseed – a similar role – three times for Beaumont Smith. He was the original "Ginger Mick" in the stage version of The Sentimental Bloke. He toured Australia with Marie Tempest.[2]

He turned director with The Kid Stakes (1927), based on the cartoon character Fatty Finn. In the 1930s he worked more in radio as a writer and actor.[3]

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  • On Our Selection – actor
  • The Sentimental Bloke – actor
  • Kangaroo Flat (1926) – author


  1. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/ordell-talone-tal-7915
  2. "MR. TAL ORDELL DEAD". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 9 June 1948. p. 3. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  3. "THE PLAYHOUSE". The Mercury. Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 13 February 1930. p. 11. Retrieved 28 September 2013.

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