Didn't he do Last Of The Summer Wine as well?
He's hardly a recluse!
And I think if you watched those 1980's shows back, you'll realise he was never that funny although a huge prime time star in his day - much like Cannon & Ball who are still doing the same act to this day
Funily enough I was watching the new John Bishop show last night and Les Dennis popped up.
He was looking a bit ropey.