Atkins attending the Bench Warmer Holiday Party at Empire, Hollywood, California on December 5, 2009
Christopher Atkins Bomann
February 21, 1961
(m. 1985; div. 2007)
Christopher Atkins Bomann was born and raised in Rye, New York. He is the son of parents Donald Bomann and Bitsy Nebauer, who divorced during his childhood. 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.
A friend suggested that Atkins audition for The Blue Lagoon. 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. 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. Released in 1980, the film grossed over $58 million with a production cost of $4.5 million but received a negative critical response. Atkins appeared nude (including frontal nudity) in the film, and spent much of the film wearing a loincloth. While Blue Lagoon was controversial due to its nude scenes and sexual content, it nevertheless became a "pop culture phenomenon". Atkins was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male for The Blue Lagoon.
Atkins posed nude for Playgirl in 1982. 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. His song "How Can I Live Without Her", which peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, was played in the film. Atkins portrayed Rick Monroe, a college student working as an exotic dancer, in A Night in Heaven (1983); he won the 1983 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his performance. For one season (1983–1984), Atkins had a recurring role as camp counselor Peter Richards on Dallas.
Atkins appeared in the television situation comedy Suddenly Susan, which starred Shields, in 1999.
As of 2000, Atkins "continues to act, primarily in small films and TV shows".
Atkins became a luxury pool builder. 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.
In a 2009 interview, Atkins acknowledged his past struggle with alcoholism and stated that he had been sober for 22 years.
- The Blue Lagoon (1980) as Richard Lestrange
- Child Bride of Short Creek (1981) (TV) as Isaac King
- Swan Lake (1981) (voice) as Prince Siegfried
- The Pirate Movie (1982) as Frederic
- Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (1982) (voice) as Aladdin
- A Night in Heaven (1983) as Rick Monroe
- Dallas (1983–84) as Peter Richards
- Secret Weapons (1985) as Allan Collier
- El ataque de los pájaros, also known as Evil Birds and Beaks: The Movie (1987) as Peter
- Mortuary Academy (1988) as Max Grimm
- Listen to Me (1989) as Bruce Arlington
- Shakma (1990) as Sam
- Fatal Charm (1990) as Adam
- King's Ransom (1991) as Spence
- Extralarge: Miami Killer (1991) as Blake
- Wet and Wild Summer! (1992) as Bobby McCain
- Dracula Rising (1993) as Vlad
- Die Watching (1993) as Michael Terrence
- ¡Dispara! (1993) as Spence
- Trigger Fast (1994) as Dusty Fog
- Signal One, also known as Bullet Down Under, (1994) as Martin Bullet
- Guns of Honor (1994) as Dusty Fog
- Bandit Goes Country (1994) as Johnny Bruce
- Smoke n Lightnin (1995) as Lightnin'
- Project Shadowchaser III (1995) as Snake
- Red Shoe Diaries (1996) (segment "Four on the Floor")
- It's My Party (1996) as Jack Allen
- Dead Man's Island (1996) (TV) as Roger Prescott
- Angel Flight Down (1996) as Jack Bahr
- Mutual Needs (1997) as Andrew
- Shoot (1998) as Spence
- The Little Unicorn (1998) as PC Sid Edwards
- Lima: Breaking the Silence (1998) as Jeff
- Deadly Delusions (1999) as Sam Gitlin
- Stageghost (2000) as Matthew Bronson
- Dark Realm (2000) (TV Series)
- Civility (2000) as John Cade
- Title to Murder (2001) as Paul Shaughnessy
- Tequila Express (2002) as David Manning
- The Stoneman (2002) as Kip Hollings
- Mending Fences (2002) as Tom
- The Employee of the Month (2002) as Bill
- The Color of Water (2002) as Clay
- 13th Child (2002) as Ron
- Quigley (2003) as Woodward Channing
- True Legends of the West (2003) as Theodore Sutherland
- The Librarians, a.k.a. Strike Force, (2004) as Ringo
- Caved In: Prehistoric Terror (2005) as John Palmer
- Spiritual Warriors (2005) as King of Sparta
- 100 Million BC (2007) as Erik Reno
- Hidden (2008) as Walter
- Chinaman's Chance: America's Yellow Slaves (2008) as Jacob
- Forget Me Not (2008) as Mr. Channing
- Confessions of a Teen Idol (2009)
- Exodus Fall (2009) as Wayne Minor
- Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords (2009) as Garrik Grayraven
- The Hard Ride (2009) as George Custer
- Prism (2009) as Detective Shane Dover
- The Earth Empires: Ottoman Invasion (2010) as jannisery Commander Murat of the Dark
- Harley's Hill (2011) as Mr. Miller
- Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012) as Mr. Christiansen
- Waiting in the Wings: The Musical (2014) as Priest
- A Horse for Summer (2015) as Pastor Bob
- Kids vs. Monsters (2015) as Charles
- The Sparrows (2015) as Mike Sparrow
- One Remains (film) (2019) as Samuel Mahoney
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