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For other people named Chris Atkins, see Chris Atkins (disambiguation).
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 54)
Rye, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Lyn Barron (m. 1985 - 2007), divorced
Children Grant Atkins (b. 1985)
Brittney Atkins (b. 1987)

Christopher Atkins (born Christopher Atkins Bomann;[1] 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.


He had no previous interest or experience in acting, but an agent he knew persuaded him to audition for The Blue Lagoon, a role he won over 2,000 other actors. In the film, he and co-star Brooke Shields played two teenage cousins who have lived alone together since they were marooned as children in a tropical paradise, eventually falling in love. The film grossed over $58 million with a production cost of $4.5 million.[citation needed]

Atkins in 1981

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. He hit #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with the song "How Can I Live Without Her?", which appeared in The Pirate Movie.

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 a male stripper. For one season (1983–1984), Atkins had a recurring role as swimming instructor Peter Richards on the CBS prime time soap opera Dallas in which his character has an affair with Sue Ellen Ewing.

Atkins has been the cover boy of many teen magazines and has appeared in several television commercials representing Coke and Adidas.

In the 1990s and 2000s, he appeared in the made-for-network and cable movies Fatal Charms, Project Shadowchaser III and Angel Flight Dawn. Other projects includef 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), Shoot (1992) and he reunited with Shields on her series Suddenly Susan as a fellow journalist who is uninterested in her.[2]

In 2007, he starred in the direct-to-DVD sci-fi movie 100 Million BC. In 2009, he appeared on VH1's Confessions of a Teen Idol, a reality show in featuring former teen idols.[3]

Personal life[edit]

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

He married Lynne Barron, from Sydney, Australia, on 25 May 1985; the couple had two children, a son, Grant Atkins (born 10 December 1985) and a daughter, Brittney Atkins (born 1 May 1987).[4][5]

He owns an outdoor sports company and has patented a fishing lure.[citation needed] In July 2015, Swedish media reported that Atkins has been in a long-distance relationship with Sandra Ankarbjörk for nearly two years. They met after Ankarbjörk had contacted Atkins on Facebook. It was reported that Atkins spends some portions of the year in the Swedish town of Skövde as a result of this relationship.[6]


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 is ranked Number 76 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.



  1. ^ Christopher Atkins Biography. Movies.yahoo.com (April 20, 2011). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
  2. ^ Suddenly Susan: Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut. TV.com (February 7, 1999). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
  3. ^ Confessions of a Teen Idol's VH1 Page. Vh1.com. Retrieved on July 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Ron Galella Archive - 2012: Actor Christopher Atkins, wife Lyn Barron, daughter Brittney Bomann and son Grant Bomann [retrieved 31 July 2015].
  5. ^ Christopher Atkins at nndb.com [retrieved 31 July 2015].
  6. ^ http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/klick/article21099559.ab

External links[edit]

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:30:25 -0700

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:45:26 -0700

Christopher Atkins, who played her cousin-turned-lover, was 18. And even though Shields and the film's crew maintained that she used body doubles for nude scenes and that her hair had been glued to her chest to avoid exposing her breasts, it's next to ...


Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:41:15 -0700

“This is very much a masterpiece-in-focus show,” curator Christopher Atkins told those assembled recently for a preview of the show running now through Dec. 6. “It's a limited number of works, but I think … there are some real stunners here.” Atkins ...


Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00:04:15 -0700

In a short video on display in the gallery, Christopher Atkins makes the case that Rubens essentially took the body of Michelangelo's Jesus and rotated it to make his Prometheus. Rubens' Prometheus certainly has a massiveness, a sense of real weight ...


Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:00:00 -0700

"They were thought of as divergent - as polar opposites - which may be hard for us to understand today," said Christopher Atkins, associate curator of European painting and sculpture. "He was the first to bring them together, but he infused them with ...


Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:19:04 -0800

Many of the actors you directed such as John Travolta, Christopher Atkins, Peter Gallagher and Leigh McCloskey became immediate heartthrobs to the gay community. Did you know audiences would respond to these leading men in such a way? I know the ...

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PR Web (press release)
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:11:15 -0700

Thirty-five years after the release of the film The Blue Lagoon, the director Randal Kleiser and leading actor Christopher Atkins have returned to the iconic location where the movie was filmed: Turtle Island in Fiji. The VIP guests attended ...

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