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William Michael Supernaw, known professionally as W.M. Supérnaw, and by his friends and family as Bill, passed away on June 17, 2012, after struggling with several severe infections for the last 4.5 months. He was born in New York in 1938, the only son of Harold Supernaw & Estelle Supernaw née Rosen. Bill moved to Austin in September 2010 to be closer to his daughter and her family, after spending about 15 years living in Hollywood, CA.

Bill was best known as an actor. He excelled at Shakespearean theatre. However, he also performed in movies, television and modern theatre. His daughter best remembers his part in the 1979 movie Voices, him playing a rabbi in the 1992 movie A Stranger Among Us, his dancing with the bride in a commercial for Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific, and his 2-year stint as Hank in The Guiding Light. However, he is probably best known for his parts in the 1995 movie Beer & for playing the role of Old Geezer in the soon-to-be cult classic, 2007 movie Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre! Bill appears at the very end of this trailer, which can be found at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0839470/ . (Beware, there is vomiting in this trailer.)

Bill was very active in all three actors' unions: Screen Actors Guild (SAG), The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA), and the Actors Equity Association (AEA). Most recently he was the AFTRA co-chair of the Tri-Union Performers with Disabilities Committee, as well as the Western Regional Chair of AFTRA.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Samantha Supernaw, her partner, Margaret Parker, and their daughter, Bill's favorite fairy princess, Shayna Elizabeth. He is also survived by his Aunt Millie and Uncle Hy of New Jersey, as well as several cousins living up north. Bill is also fondly remembered by his friend, Kenny, and his several friends at the Montecito in Hollywood and at Cityview at the Park in Austin.

Bill's family wishes to express their gratitude to all the healthcare professionals who treated Bill with compassion, dignity, and respect, even laughing at his jokes.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Actors Fund of America, in memory of Bill, are being accepted at www.actorsfund.org .