; Died: 1948
Actor, director, producer, and writer.
A well-known stage and screen actor in Australia during the 1910s and 1920s, Tal Ordell also contributed verse and short stories to The Bulletin and wrote at least one play, Kangaroo Flat (produced in Sydney in March 1926).
One of Ordell's earliest works as a filmmaker was the two-reel comedy, Cows and Cuddles (1921), which he directed. He only ever directed only one feature film, however: The Kid Stakes (1927), based on Syd Nicholls's cartoon character Fatty Finn.
During the 1930s, Ordell acted extensively in radio dramas and comedies, and also wrote many pieces that were later broadcast, including bush yarns and children's stories. One of his greatest radio successes as a writer was the long-running serial Wattletown.
Ordell's son Robin (aka 'Pop') starred as Fatty Finn in his father's 1927 film. Robin also became a favourite on radio during the late 1930s, being commonly billed by 2GB as its 'baby radio announcer.' He joined the RAF in World War II, but was killed, aged twenty four, when he was shot down over Holland in 1945.