Christopher Atkins (born Christopher Atkins Bomann, February 21, 1961) is an American actor who became famous following his debut film role in the 1980 film The Blue Lagoon.
Christopher Atkins Bomann was born and raised in Rye, New York. He is the son of 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.