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Whiteley appeared in five films during his brief acting career, and it was for the second of these, The Kidnappers (US: The Little Kidnappers, 1953) that he, along with co-star Vincent Winter, was awarded an Academy Juvenile Award for this film. He only appeared in three more films, including The Spanish Gardener (1956), before his acting career ended when his mother insisted on his passing the Eleven plus exam.
Whiteley is now a respected art historian at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. He wrote his doctorate on the French painter Paul Delaroche. He has catalogued all the French Drawings in the Ashmolean, and authored and co-authored several books on artists including Ingres, Puvis de Chavannes and Claude Lorrain. He published a book on the Ashmolean's Stringed Instruments in 2009, and is working on a catalogue of the later French paintings in the Museum.
|1952||Hunted||Robbie||aka The Stranger in Between (USA)|
|1953||The Kidnappers (US: The Little Kidnappers)||Harry||Academy Juvenile Award|
|1956||The Spanish Gardener||Nicholas Brande|
|The Weapon||Erik Jenner|
|1957||The Adventures of Robin Hood||Davey||Episode - The Christmas Goose|
Jon Whiteley (28 Dec 2011), Claude Lorrain and the Poetry of Landscape, Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd