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Atkins attending the Bench Warmer Holiday Party at Empire, Hollywood, California on December 5, 2009
|Born||Christopher Atkins Bomann
February 21, 1961
Rye, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lyn Barron (m. 1985 - 2007), divorced|
|Children||Grant Bomann (b. 1985)
Brittney Bomann (b. 1987)
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, co-star Brooke Shields and he 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.
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. From that movie, he sang "How Can I Live Without Her", which peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1982.
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 camp counselor Peter Richards on Dallas in which his character has an affair with Sue Ellen Ewing.
Atkins 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.
He owns an outdoor sports company and has patented a fishing lure.
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".
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