Doctors successfully performed open-heart surgery on 7-year-old Max Page, the boy who starred as a pint-size Darth Vader in Volkswagen’s hit 2011 Super Bowl commercial, Reuters reports.
Page was born with a heart defect and he underwent the surgery at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Doctors replaced a pulmonary valve. He is still recovering there.
Besides the commercial, Page has appeared on the The Young and the Restless soap opera and NBC’s crime show Prime Suspect. He shot to childhood stardom when he appeared in the ad. In the spot, he’s dressed as Darth Vader trying in vain to get the family dog, appliances or a doll to react to his Jedi powers. Then, in the driveway, the Volkswagen Passat starts up — with a little hidden help from Dad, using a remote starter as he watches from the kitchen window.