Morning Man Classic: Christopher Atkins!
Christopher Atkins celebrated his 59th birthday last week. As you can see, during the early days of his career when he co-starred opposite Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon, was Linda Gray’s young lover on Dallas and played a male stripper in the TV movie A Night of Heaven, Chris wore very little clothes!
He famously went full-frontal in The Blue Lagoon when he wasn’t wearing the famous loincloth that was pretty much his entire wardrobe in that classic film. When I interviewed Chris over morning coffee a decade ago, he told me that countless times over the years, he has been told by gay men – who were teens at the time of the film’s release – that the movie and his nudity helped them realize they were gay!
The actor, who by the way is still real cute, estimates that “90 percent of my fan base is a gay fan base” which is fine with him.
“I’m actually very lucky in that respect because I am able to have that crossover so I have both straight and gay fans,” he said. “The 80s was a big time for the gay movement and here came a movie where it was male nudity being prominant rather than female nudity and so [I] became sort of an iconic poster child at that time. To me, it was kind of flattering. America is the most prudish country on the face of the Earth. If that movie was made in France, it would be a G-rated movie.”
So, was it hard for Chris to shake off the pin-up image post-”Lagoon”?
“I had to show my ass in more movies than you can imagine,” he said. “I kept saying there has to be a time when they say, ‘Please keep your clothes on!’ And I think I’m there (laughs).
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 Brooke Shields on her series Suddenly Susan as a fellow journalist who is uninterested in her.
More recently, Atkins had a role in the 2012 TV movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening and in 2015 had roles in the films
A Horse for Summer, Kids vs. Monsters, and The Sparrows.
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Christopher Atkins, a Mantique of the Day for February 21, was born in 1961 — he turns 59. . He's never NOT been hot, and had a pretty eye-popping career, which has included "The Blue Lagoon" (1980), "The Pirate Movie" (1982), "A Night in Heaven" (1983) and a stint on "Dallas" (1983-1984). . He posed for "Playgirl" in 1983, and told me in an interview for a piece on the magazine I did at Esquire.com: "There was supposedly one shot where I was standing in the pool and it was something about a shadow at the bottom of the pool that made me look 'massive' and… [the photographer] was offered lots of money for that slide. I always thought that it was a magazine for women, but men were trying to buy the slide." . He went on to explain why he would pose naked: "They told me to take my pants off, so I did." . Atkins is, pretty famously and with good reason, a nudist. He pops up at autograph shows, and is not shy at all to sign photos of little Christopher. . . . #christopheratkins #chrisatkins #thebluelagoon #bluelagoon #shirtless #shirtlessguys #mantiques #movie #anightinheaven #playgirl #dallas #movies #tv #celebritybirthdays #thenandnow #gr8erdays