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.
His wife is art historian Linda Whiteley; the couple have two children. He was made a chevalier (knight) of the French Order of Arts and Letters in May 2009.
|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 (1 Mar 2004), The Ashmolean Museum: Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings, Ashmolean Museum, ISBN 978-1854441874
Jon Whiteley (1 Jan 1989), Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites, Ashmolean Handbooks (second ed.), Ashmolean Museum, ISBN 978-0907849940
Jon Whiteley (Jul 1979), 19th Century European Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, Ashmolean Museum, ISBN 978-0900090622
Jon Whiteley (31 Jan 2011), Lucien Pissarro in England: The Eragny Press 1895-1914, Ashmolean Museum, ISBN 978-1854442536
Jon Whiteley (28 Dec 2011), Claude Lorrain and the Poetry of Landscape, Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
Jon Whiteley (June 1977), Ingres, Hippocrene Books, ISBN 978-0846702498