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Chris Atkins

An American actor, who became famous with his costarring debut role in the 1980 film 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 4,000 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 R-rated film featured both Atkins and Shields in scant clothing, and Atkins appeared nude in several scenes, including brief full frontal nudity. The film was a huge box office success, grossing over US$58 million with a production cost of US$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. 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. Atkins again appeared shirtless in this film, which was to become a recurring theme in his acting career. Atkins commented, "What do you mean as soon as I get a job where I don't have to wear a loincloth, I will be wearing a speedo swimsuit! Will I ever have an acting job when I don't have to be shirtless?"

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 on the hit CBS prime time soap opera, Dallas, as a young man who has an affair with Sue Ellen Ewing.

Atkins has been the cover boy of innumerable teen magazines and has appeared in several television commercials representing big brand names such as Coke and Adidas, all of which capitalized on Atkins' youth and appearance. He appeared on the cover of the September 1982 Playgirl magazine, and posed nude for a pictorial. He posed nude for the magazine again in December of the same year, but was not fully exposed in either issue.

In the 1990s and 2000s, he drifted into made-for-network and cable movies, such as Fatal Charms, Project Shadowchaser III and Angel Flight Dawn. Recent projects include 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 even re-united with Brooke Shields on her show Suddenly Susan as a fellow journalist who is uninterested in her.

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 which former teen idols attempt to revitalize their entertainment careers

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.

Atkins twice won a Golden Raspberry Award, first for Worst Actor for his role as Rick Monroe in the 1983 film A Night in Heaven, later winning Worst Supporting Actor in the 1989 film Listen to Me.

He's ranked #76 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.


The Blue Lagoon (1980) as Richard Lestrange
Child Bride of Short Creek (1981) (TV) as Isaac King
Swan Lake (1982) (voice) as Prince Siegfried
The Pirate Movie (1982) as Frederic
A Night in Heaven (1983) as Rick Monroe (also known as Ricky The Rocket)
Dallas (1978) TV Series as Peter Richards (1983–1984)
Secret Weapons (1985) as Allan Collier
El Ataque de los pajaros, also known as Evil Birds (1987) as Peter
Mortuary Academy (1988) as Max Grimm
Listen to Me (1989) as Bruce Arlington
Shakma (1990) as Sam
Fatal Charm (1990) as Adam
King's Ransom (1991) as Spence
Extralarge: Miami Killer (1991) as Blake
Wet and Wild Summer! (1992) as Bobby McCain
Dracula Rising (1993) as Vlad
Die Watching (1993) as Michael Terrence
Dispara! (1993) as Spence
Trigger Fast (1994) as Dusty Fog
Signal One, also known as Bullet Down Under (1994) as Martin Bullet
Guns of Honor (1994) as Dusty Fog
Bandit Goes Country (1994) as Johnny Bruce
Smoke n Lightnin (1995) as Lightnin'
Project Shadowchaser III (1995) as Snake
Red Shoe Diaries 13: Four on the Floor (1996) (segment "Four on the Floor")
It's My Party (1996) as Jack Allen
Dead Man's Island (1996) as Roger Prescott
Angel Flight Down (1996) as Jack Bahr
Mutual Needs (1997) as Andrew
Shoot (1998) as Spence
The Little Unicorn (1998) as PC Sid Edwards
Breaking the Silence (1998) as Jeff
Deadly Delusions (1999) as Sam Gitlin
Stageghost (2000) as Matthew Bronson
Dark Realm (2000) (TV Series)
Civility (2000) as John Cade
Title to Murder (2001) as Paul Shaughnessy
Tequila Express (2002) as David Manning
The Stoneman (2002) as Kip Hollings
Mending Fences (2002) as Tom
The Employee of the Month (2002) as Bill
The Color of Water (2002) as Clay
13th Child (2002) as Ron
Quigley (2003) as Woodward
True Legends of the West (2003) as Theodore Sutherland
The Librarians (a.k.a. Strike Force) (2004) as Ringo
Caved In: Prehistoric Terror (2005) (TV) as John Palmer
Spiritual Warriors (2005) as King of Sparta
100 Million BC (2007) as Erik Reno
Hidden (2008) as Walter
Forget Me Not (2008) as Mr. Channing
Confessions of a Teen Idol (2009)
Exodus Fall (2009) as Wayne Minor
Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords (2009) as Garrik Grayraven
The Hard Ride (2009) as George Custer
Prism (2009) as Detective Shane Dover
The Earth Empires:Ottoman Invasion (2010) as jannisery Commander Murat of the Dark

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