Max Page, boy behind Darth Vader mask, recovering from surgery

In this undated photo released by J&R, child actor, Max Page, who played little Darth Vader in Volkswagen's 2011 Super Bowl commercial, is shown. The 7-year-old underwent surgery to replace a pulmonary valve on Thursday, June 14, 2012, without incident. The operation was done at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. (AP Photo/J&R, JPI Studios) JPI Studios

Max Page played little Darth Vader in Volkswagen's 2011 Super Bowl commercial
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(CBS/AP) The 7-year-old actor known as the boy behind the Darth Vader mask in the popular Volkswagen commercial is recovering from open heart surgery.

Dr. Vaughn Starnes says the surgery to replace Max Page's pulmonary valve went without incident on Thursday. The operation was done at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where he's recovering in the cardiac intensive care unit after the operation.

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A hospital spokesman says Max is expected to be released in about five days and then faces six to eight weeks of recovery.

Max also appears as the character Reed on the top-rated CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless."

His mother, Jennifer Page, says there's been an outpouring of support and kindness and that Max and the family welcome all "prayers and encouragement."

You can leave your well wishes here.

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