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
Born
Christopher Atkins Bomann

(1961-02-21) February 21, 1961 (age 60)
OccupationActor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)
Lyn Barron
(m. 1985;div. 2007)
Children2

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 .

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Early life

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]

Career

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]

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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]

Personal life

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

Atkins married Lyn Barron Weber of Sydney, Australia, on May 25, 1985. They have two children: son Grant Bomann and daughter Brittney Bomann. [20] [21] They divorced in 2007. [22]

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

Filmography

Film and television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980 The Blue Lagoon Richard LestrangeNominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male
1981 Swan Lake Prince SiegfriedVoice only, English version
1981 Child Bride of Short Creek Isaac KingTV movie
1982 Aladdin and the Magic Lamp AladdinVoice only, English version
1982 The Pirate Movie FredericNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
1983–84 Dallas Peter RichardsTV series, 27 episodes (season 7)
1983 A Night in Heaven Rick Monroe Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
1985Secret WeaponsAllan CollierTV movie
1985 Hotel Jason FieldingEpisode: "Echoes"
1987 Beaks: The Movie Peter
1987Night Rose: Akhbar's DaughterBittermanTV pilot episode
1988 Mortuary Academy Max Grimm
1989 Listen to Me Bruce Arlington Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1990 Fatal Charm Adam BrennerTV movie
1990 Shakma Sam
1991 Extralarge: Miami Killer BlakeTV movie
1992 Wet and Wild Summer! Bobby McCain
1993 The Adventures of the Black Stallion Drag RacerEpisode: "Racing in the Streets"
1993Dracula RisingVladDirect-to-video
1993 Die Watching Michael TerrenceDirect-to-video
1993 ¡Dispara! Spence
1993King's RansomSpenceDirect-to-video
1994 Bandit Goes Country Johnny BruceTV movie
1994Trigger FastDusty Fog
1994Guns of HonorDusty FogTV movie
1994 Signal One Martin Bullet
1995 Project Shadowchaser III SnakeTV movie
1995Smoke n LightninLightnin
1996 It's My Party Jack Allen
1996 Dead Man's Island Roger PrescottTV movie
1996Angel Flight DownJack BahrTV movie
1996 Silk Stalkings Chance ReynoldsEpisode: "Compulsion"
1997 High Tide RaiderEpisode: "A Rock and a Hard Place"
1997 Mutual Needs Andrew
1998 The Fairy King of Ar N/AWriter and producer
1999 Suddenly Susan TonyEpisode: "Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut"
1999 Lima: Breaking the Silence Jeff
1999Deadly DelusionsSam Gitlin
2000Malicious IntentAlfred Russo
2000Stage GhostMatthew Bronson
2001 Title to Murder Paul Shaughnessy
2001 Dark Realm Jack AndersonEpisode: "Emma's Boy"
2001 The Little Unicorn PC Sid EdwardsDirect-to-video
2001True Legends of the WestTheodore Sutherland
2002 13th Child RonDirect-to-video
2002Under the GunBill
2002The StonemanKip Hollings
2002Love Don't Come EasyClay
2002Tequila ExpressDavid Manning
2003 Quigley Woodward Channing
2003 Strike Force Ringo
2006 Caved In: Prehistoric Terror John PalmerTV movie
2007PaybackSean Walker
2007Spiritual WarriorsKing of Sparta
2008 Blind Ambition Wild Bill
2008100 Million BCErik RenoDirect-to-video
2008Chinaman's Chance: America's Other SlavesJacob
2009 Forget Me Not Mr. Channing
2009 Confessions of a Teen Idol HimselfTV reality series, 8 episodes
2010MelissaEllisShort film (directed by his daughter)
2010Stained Glass WindowsDetective Marshall
2011 Sedona Pierce
2011Family 2.0MichaelShort film
2011 Exodus Fall Wayne Minor
2011Assassins' CodeDaniel Dodd
2011HiddenDian's Husband
2011Harley's HillMr. MillerDirect-to-video
2012 Blue Lagoon: The Awakening Mr. ChristiansenTV movie
2013 Crazy Kind of Love Mr. Jeffries
2013AmyChrisAlso associate producer
2014Waiting in the Wings: The MusicalPriest
2014Better Late Than NeverN/AShort film (executive producer)
2014Guardian AngelJohn Robertson
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jimmy TurelliEpisode: "Dead Rails"
2015A Horse for SummerPastor Bob
2015The Sparrows: NestingMike Sparrow Action On Film International Film Festival – Best Actor
2015 Kids vs Monsters Charles
2015A Tennis Shoe in the StreetLucky / Brandon
2016The EleventhNeilTV series short, 5 episodes
2016The Unlikely'sDaniel Jacobsen
2018 Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords Garrik Grayraven
2018The City of GoldRichard Davenport
2019Defrost: The Virtual SeriesGeorge Michael GarrisonTV series short, 11 episodes
2019One RemainsSamuel Mahoney
2020Lake of Fire 2020Henry Wayne
2021Attraction to ParisEdward

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