So what if he wasn’t the greatest actor. Christopher Atkins so young, so sexy, and so hot in Blue Lagoon that nobody really cared. The film, made in 1980, came very early in his career and by the 1990s Atkins was appearing in made-for-TV movies. However, he just completed filming a movie called Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords in which he has the lead role. Atkins also has a role in a comedy film, The Unlikely’s. Both films will be released in 2012.
Was there life after Blue Lagoon for Christopher Atkins? Well, there were a few not-so-big budget films such as The Pirate Movie, A Night In Heaven, Mortuary Academy, Die Watching. He also did some guest spots on several TV series episodes and a nude centerfold for Playgirl Magazine. In 2009 Atkins appeared, along with 7 other men, on VH1′s Confessions of a Teen Idol. More recently, he played the role of Daniel Dodd in the 2011 film Serpent Rising.
Christopher Atkins wearing his handmade island coverup
Christopher Atkins Bomann was born in Rye, NY. He wasn’t interested in acting until an agent he knew talked him into auditioning for The Blue Lagoon. He won the role of “Richard” over 4,000 others who also auditioned. The film, co-starring Brooke Shields, was an enormous success grossing over $58 million with a production cost of just $4.5 million. He then starred, along with Kristy McNichol in The Pirate Movie, again appearing shirtless, which would become a recurring theme for him as an actor. In 1982 he was on the cover of Playgirl Magazine and later in the year posed nude for the magazine. Atkins appeared as “Peter Richards” in one season of the prime time soap Dallas. It became impossible for him to distance himself from his character in Blue Lagoon and during the 1990s and 2000s he appeared in several made for TV and cable films like Fatal Charms, Angel Flight Dawn, and Caved In. His most recent work was in the film Exodus Fall which starred Jesse James and Rosanna Arquette followed by a starring role in the drama Stained Glass Windows.