Christopher Atkins

Christopher Atkins Bomann[1] (born February 21, 1961)[2] is an American actor, perhaps best known for his debut in the 1980 film The Blue Lagoon.

American actor
For other people named Chris Atkins, see Chris Atkins (disambiguation).

Christopher Atkins

Atkins attending the Bench Warmer Holiday Party at Empire, Hollywood, California on December 5, 2009
Born
Christopher Atkins Bomann

(1961-02-21) February 21, 1961 (age 60)

Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s)
Lyn Barron

(m. 1985; div. 2007)

Children 2

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Christopher Atkins Bomann was born[2] and raised[3] in Rye, New York. He is the son of Donald Bomann and Bitsy Nebauer, who divorced during his childhood.[4] Atkins was an aspiring baseball player; when his baseball aspirations were derailed by knee problems, he started a modeling career. When he began acting, Atkins dropped the last name Bomann and used his middle name, Atkins, as his last name.[3]

A friend suggested that Atkins audition for The Blue Lagoon.[2] The film’s director, Randal Kleiser, stated that Atkins was a sailing instructor with no acting experience when he was cast in the film.[3] Atkins and co-star Brooke Shields played teenaged cousins who find love while living in an isolated tropical paradise after being marooned as children.[5] Released in 1980, the film grossed over $58 million with a production cost of $4.5 million[6][7][8] but received negative critical responses.[9] Atkins appeared both nude and scantily clad in the film.[5][10][11][4] While Blue Lagoon was controversial due to its nude scenes and sexual content,[12] it nevertheless became a “pop culture phenomenon”.[13] Although Atkins was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male for The Blue Lagoon,[14] critical responses to his performance were negative. A TV Guide reviewer wrote that “Atkins looks as if he would be more at home on a surfboard,”[15] and Gary Arnold wrote in The Washington Post that Atkins’ performance “evoke[s] modeling sessions and beach-party movies.”[16]

Atkins in 1981

In 1982 Atkins posed nude for Playgirl,[4][11] and co-starred with Kristy McNichol in The Pirate Movie (1982), an update of Gilbert and Sullivan‘s operetta The Pirates of Penzance.[2] His song “How Can I Live Without Her”, which peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, was used in that film. For his performance in the film A Night in Heaven (1983), Atkins won the 1983 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor.[17] For one season (1983–1984), Atkins had a recurring role as camp counselor Peter Richards on Dallas.[2]

In 1999, Atkins appeared in the television sitcom Suddenly Susan, which starred Shields.[3] In 2009, Atkins appeared on VH1‘s Confessions of a Teen Idol, a reality show featuring former teen idols.[18][19] Atkins was ranked no. 76 on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Teen Stars.[2]

Atkins became a luxury pool builder[18] and co-developed the Christopher Atkins Strike Jacket E.F.L. (Extreme Fishing Lure), “a rubbery slipcovering for traditional baits.”[3]

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