Christopher Atkins

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Christopher Atkins
Christopher Atkins 2009.jpg
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 57)
Rye, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Lyn Barron
(m. 1985; div. 2007)
Partner(s) Sandra Ankarbjörk (2013–present)
Children Grant Bomann (b. 1985)
Brittney Bomann (b. 1987)

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

Early life[edit]

Atkins was born in Rye, New York, to German Americans Donald Bomann and Bitsy Nebauer. In high school, he was a lifeguard and sailing instructor, where he was discovered for The Blue Lagoon.


Atkins had no previous interest or experience in acting, but an agent he knew persuaded him to audition for The Blue Lagoon. Atkins won the role over 2,000 other actors. In the film, he and co-star Brooke Shields played two teenaged cousins living alone together in a tropical paradise after being marooned there as children. Released in 1980, the film grossed over $58 million with a production cost of $4.5 million[3][4][5] but received a negative critical response.[6] Atkins appeared nude[7][8] (including frontal nudity[9]) in the film, and spent much of the film wearing a loincloth.[10]

Atkins in 1981

Atkins went on to star with Kristy McNichol in The Pirate Movie (1982), an update of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Pirates of Penzance. From that movie, he sang "How Can I Live Without Her", which peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1982.[11]

In A Night in Heaven (1983), also starring Lesley Ann Warren, Atkins played Rick Monroe, an outspoken and overconfident student working his way through college as an exotic dancer. For one season (1983–1984), Atkins had a recurring role as camp counselor Peter Richards on Dallas in which his character has an affair with Sue Ellen Ewing.

Atkins posed for Playgirl in 1982.[12] He has been on the cover of many teen magazines, and he has appeared in several television commercials representing Coke and Adidas.

In the 1990s and 2000s, he appeared in the movies Fatal Charms, Project Shadowchaser III and Angel Flight Dawn. Other projects included Caved In, Spiritual Warriors, 13th Child, The Employee of the Month, Tequila Express, Quigley and True Legends of the West. Comic roles include Mortuary Academy (1988) and Shoot (1992), and he reunited with Shields on her series Suddenly Susan as a fellow journalist who is uninterested in her.[13]

In 2007, he starred in 100 Million BC, a direct-to-DVD, sci-fi movie. In 2009, he appeared on VH1's Confessions of a Teen Idol, a reality show featuring former teen idols.[14]


Atkins was nominated for a Golden Globe Awards for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male for The Blue Lagoon as well as Best Young Actor for the Young Artist Awards. He also has been twice nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor, winning in 1983 for his performance in A Night in Heaven.

He is ranked #76 on VH1's "100 Greatest Teen Stars".

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 (born 10 December 1985) and daughter Brittney Bomann (born 1 May 1987).[15][16] The couple divorced in 2007.[17]

In a 2009 interview, Atkins acknowledged his past struggle with alcoholism and stated that he had been sober for 22 years.[18]

Atkins owns an outdoor sports company and has patented a fishing lure.[19]



  1. ^ Christopher Atkins Biography. (April 20, 2011). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
  2. ^ Official Page Biography. Retrieved on 2017-04-20.
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  6. ^ "The Blue Lagoon". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  7. ^ McMurrin, Kristin (August 11, 1980). "Too Much, Too Young?". People. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Christopher Atkins: Poster Child for Gay Rights Movement?". January 9, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Chris Atkins". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
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  12. ^ "Chris Atkins". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Suddenly Susan: Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut. (February 7, 1999). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
  14. ^ Confessions of a Teen Idol's VH1 Page. Retrieved on July 24, 2013.
  15. ^ Ron Galella Archive - 2012: Actor Christopher Atkins, wife Lyn Barron, daughter Brittney Bomann and son Grant Bomann [retrieved 31 July 2015].
  16. ^ Christopher Atkins at [retrieved 31 July 2015].
  17. ^ Rizzo, Monica (February 16, 2009). "Christopher Atkins Second Act". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  18. ^ Rizzo, Monica (February 16, 2009). "Christopher Atkins Second Act". Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  19. ^ US patent 6393757, Christopher Atkins Bomann, "Flesh-like jacket for fishing lures", issued May 28, 2002 

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