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Blonde, muscular 1980s leading man Christopher Atkins was living proof that the "beach-boy" type perpetuated by the likes of Troy Donahue had not died in the 1960s. Straight out of Dennison University, Atkins gained a brief burst of fame by being cast as Brooke Shields' "amour" in the soft-core 1980 remake of The Blue Lagoon. He then went on to co-star with Kristy McNichol in The Pirate Movie (1981), a disappointing update of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. Christopher Atkins virtually disappeared from view after this, only to resurface in direct-to-video productions at the end of the 1980s. Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.