An Interview with Norman Gary

Dr. Norman Gary and his bees! BEES!

Norman E. Gary, PhD is one of the country’s preeminent apiculturists—better known to most people as a “bee wrangler”—and he’s been providing trained bee services for movie and TV productions for over forty years. He’s handled thousands of bees on the sets of movies like The X Files: Fight the Future, Terror Out of the Sky, and Invasion of the Bee Girls, not to mention two Agony Booth-reviewed films: The Savage Bees and Leonard Part 6. He’s the only person besides star Tony Todd to participate in all three Candyman films. Also on his impressive resume are several movies that this website’s target demographic probably missed when they were in theaters, like Fried Green Tomatoes, The Truth about Cats and Dogs, My Girl, and A Walk in the Clouds.

On top of all that, he’s been featured on numerous TV shows, including Fear Factor, The Tonight Show (appearing with both Johnny and Jay), Real TV, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and holds the unique honor of being the very first guest on That’s Incredible when it premiered in 1980. He plays clarinet and leads a Dixieland jazz band aptly named the Beez Kneez, and occasionally plays gigs while covered in bees. As if all that weren’t enough, Dr. Gary appears in the Guinness Book of World Records under the heading “Most Bees in Mouth”; He held 109 [!] honeybees in his closed mouth for ten seconds on October 20, 1998.

You can read all about this and much more at Dr. Gary’s official website,

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  • NixEclips

    Great interview! I grew up watching Savage Bees on afternoon tv.