Christopher Atkins

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

(1961-02-21) February 21, 1961 (age 58)
Years active1977–present
Lyn Barron
(m. 1985; div. 2007)
ChildrenGrant Bomann
Brittney Bomann

Christopher Atkins (born Christopher Atkins Bomann;[1][2] February 21, 1961)[3] is an American actor who became famous following his debut film role in the 1980 film The Blue Lagoon.

Early life[edit]

Christopher Atkins Bomann was born[3] and raised[4] in Rye, New York. He is the son of parents Donald Bomann and Bitsy Nebauer, who divorced during his childhood.[5] 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.[4]


A friend suggested that Atkins audition for The Blue Lagoon.[3] Atkins won the role over thousands of other actors; the film's director, Randal Kleiser, has said that Atkins was a sailing instructor with no acting experience when he was cast in the film.[4] In the film, he and co-star Brooke Shields played two teenaged cousins who find love while living in an isolated tropical paradise after being marooned as children.[6] Released in 1980, the film grossed over $58 million with a production cost of $4.5 million[7][8][9] but received a negative critical response.[10] Atkins appeared nude[11][12] (including frontal nudity[13]) in the film, and spent much of the film wearing a loincloth.[14] While Blue Lagoon was controversial due to its nude scenes and sexual content,[15] it nevertheless became a "pop culture phenomenon".[16] Atkins was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male for The Blue Lagoon.[17]

Atkins in 1981

Atkins posed nude for Playgirl[5] in 1982.[13] He went on to star with Kristy McNichol in The Pirate Movie (1982), an update of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Pirates of Penzance.[3] His song "How Can I Live Without Her", which peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, was played in the film.[3] Atkins portrayed Rick Monroe, a college student working as an exotic dancer, in A Night in Heaven (1983);[3] he won the 1983 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his performance.[18] For one season (1983–1984), Atkins had a recurring role as camp counselor Peter Richards on Dallas.[3]

Atkins appeared in the television situation comedy Suddenly Susan, which starred Shields, in 1999.[4]

As of 2000, Atkins "continues to act, primarily in small films and TV shows".[4]

In 2009, Atkins appeared on VH1's Confessions of a Teen Idol, a reality show featuring former teen idols.[19][20] He has been ranked no. 76 on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Teen Stars.[3]

Atkins became a luxury pool builder.[19] He also developed the Christopher Atkins Strike Jacket E.F.L. (Extreme Fishing Lure)--"a rubbery slipcovering for traditional baits"--with the assistance of special-effects expert Mark Viniello.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Atkins and his daughter on the red carpet at the 62nd Annual Mother Goose Parade in San Diego County, 2008

Atkins married Lynne Barron Weber of Sydney, Australia, on 25 May 1985. The couple have two children: Son Grant Bomann and daughter Brittney Bomann.[21][22] The couple divorced in 2007.[23]

In a 2009 interview, Atkins acknowledged his past struggle with alcoholism and stated that he had been sober for 22 years.[23]



  1. ^ Christopher Atkins Biography. (April 20, 2011). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
  2. ^ Official Page Biography. Retrieved on 2017-04-20.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Happy Birthday To Rye's Christopher Atkins". Rye Daily Voice. February 21, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "From the Depths".
  5. ^ a b "Look Out, J.r.—chris Atkins Is Muscling in on the Action as Dallas Beefs Up Its Cast".
  6. ^ "Too Much, Too Young?".
  7. ^ "The Blue Lagoon (1980) - Financial Information".
  8. ^ "AFI|Catalog".
  9. ^ "The Blue Lagoon".
  10. ^ "The Blue Lagoon". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  11. ^ McMurrin, Kristin (August 11, 1980). "Too Much, Too Young?". People. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Christopher Atkins: Poster Child for Gay Rights Movement?". January 9, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Chris Atkins". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Wallace, David (July 11, 1983). "Look Out, J.r.—chris Atkins Is Muscling in on the Action as Dallas Beefs Up Its Cast". People. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  15. ^ Bender, Abbey. "Sexualized Innocence: Revisiting The Blue Lagoon - Chaz's Journal - Roger Ebert".
  16. ^ "Celebrate The Blue Lagoon's 35th Anniversary with 10 Movie Facts You Should Know".
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (March 8, 2012). "Denise Richards To Co-Star In 'Blue Lagoon' Reboot, Christopher Atkins To Make Cameo".
  18. ^ Fleming, Andrew. "Reliving Reckless by Bryan Adams". Vancouver Courier.
  19. ^ a b "Christopher Atkins: PopWatch 'Teen Idol' Q&A (Part 4 of 4)".
  20. ^ Confessions of a Teen Idol's VH1 Page. Retrieved on July 24, 2013.
  21. ^ "Actor Christopher Atkins, wife Lyn Barron, daughter Brittney Bomann and son Grant Bomann". Ron Galella archive. 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  22. ^ "Christopher Atkins". Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  23. ^ a b Rizzo, Monica (February 16, 2009). "Christopher Atkins second act". People magazine. Retrieved August 23, 2018.

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