Who is Christopher Atkins?
Christopher Atkins Bomann was born in Rye, New York State USA on 21 February 1961, so under the zodiac sign of Pisces, and holding American nationality. He is best known for his acting career, perhaps still especially for his role in “The Blue Lagoon” film shot in 1980.
Early life and education
Christopher’s parents Donald Bomann, a real estate agency owner and business executive, and Bitsy Nebauer, a science teacher, were originally from Germany, but moved to the US to seek a better life. Christopher was always fit and physically active, and while he was in high school he worked as a lifeguard and also as a sailing instructor, during which he was spotted by an agent which eventually led to his role in “The Blue Lagoon”.
Currently, Christopher is working as an Associate Teaching Professor in the Management & Organization Department and the Executive Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center of Ethical Leadership. He is teaching Foundations of Ethical Business Conduct and Values-based Leadership, as his areas of expertise are Empathy in the Workplace and Business Ethics. He got his BA and Ph D from The College of William & Mary, and his MA from Boston University.
Cristopher wasn’t interested in acting at first, his agent had to persuade him to do the audition for the role of Richard Le Strange in “The Blue Lagoon” in 1980, and even though he didn’t have any experience in acting, he won the role over 2,000 other people, the main role in which he played alongside famous actress Brooke Shields; the movie was a major success, grossing over $58 million while it took less than $5 million to produce it. It tells a story of two teenage cousins who lived alone together after they were marooned on a deserted island, and eventually fell in love with each other. Brooke appeared in scant clothing while Atkins appeared completely nude in a couple of scenes. Although the audience loved the movie, the written critiques were not that good.
Christopher managed to get to #71 on the “Billboard Hot 100” in 1982 for his performance of the song “How Can I Live Without Her” in “The Pirate Movie” shot in 1982 – another important role which he had during these years was the one in “A Night in Heaven” in 1983, in which he starred alongside Lesley Ann Warren.
He acted in more than 70 movies over the course of 40 years, with some of his most notable roles after 2000 including in “The Employee of the Month” shot in 2002, “True Legends of the West” in 2003, and “100 Million BC” shot in 2007. Christopher also had a modelling career – he appeared on the cover of numerous teen magazines, but the most important was when he posed for “Playgirl” in 1982. He also featured in a few TV commercials including for Coca Cola and Adidas.
Christopher is still active and looking for new roles even though he hasn’t appeared on TV screens since his role as Mike Sparrow in “The Sparrows” in 2015.
Deaths in movies
It seems that producers had something against the characters which Christopher played, as they killed-off several of them in movies – his character Richard in “The Blue Lagoon” died after eating poisonous berries, Rick Monroe in “A Night in Heaven” drowned after his boat was destroyed, Michael Terrence in “Die Watching” jumped off a rooftop to avoid being arrested, Allen Collier in “Secret Weapons” hanged himself, and Jimmy Turelli in “CSI: Dead Rails” was run over by a car.
Christopher had a rather hard life – his popularity got a hold of him, and he struggled with alcohol for quite a long time. He married his first wife, Lynne Barron Weber in May 1985 and the couple had a son, Grant Bomann in December of the same year, and then a daughter Brittney Bomann on 1 May 1987 – his daughter is also an actress, appearing in five movies so far. Lynne and Christopher divorced in 2007, and he admitted that his alcohol addiction hurt their marriage, but he also stated in an interview that he has been sober since 1987.
Christopher has been dating Sandra Ankarbjörk since 2013 – she lives in the small town called Skövde in Sweden. The couple haven’t exchanged vows, and it seems they are not thinking about doing so!
Appearance and net worth
Christopher is currently 58 years old, has medium long blonde hair, blue eyes, is 5ft 10ins (1.79m) tall and weighs around 158lbs (72kg).
Authoritative sources estimate Christopher’s net worth to be more than $4 million; his current income is unknown as it depends on how active he is in any year.
Social media presence
Since Christopher is a bit old fashioned, he doesn’t have any social media accounts, however, there is a fan based Twitter account first opened in August 2009 with more than 6,000 followers and nearly 1,500 tweets, and an Instagram fan- based account with 500 followers but only five posts.
He only has his own Facebook account with nearly 4,000 friends, but which is open to public.
Selling my Dallas hat with autograph pic! Cleaning house!! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/wv05MCigBU
— christopher atkins (@RealChrisAtkins) August 13, 2015
Christopher’s biggest achievement was his nomination for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in Motion Picture – Male for his role in “The Blue Lagoon” – he was also nominated for the Best Young Actor for the same role. He was nominated two times for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor, one of which he ‘won’ in 1983 for his appearance in “A Night in Heaven”. However, Christopher also ranked #76 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Teen Stars”.
He is a big contributor to charity organizations, and seldom misses a charity event, especially if it’s a fundraising one. He is also very nice to his fans, and always seems to have time for autographs and photographs.
Christopher is an owner of an outdoor sports company, and since he is a skilled fisherman, he has also patented his own fishing lure.