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
I've not watched Last of the Summer Wine since Compo died, so I'd no idea that he'd been in that.
I know my parents loved Russ. He is from our part of the world and used to live near us, so I'm not sure if that's the reason but we did watch his show each Saturday. I'd forgotten that Les Dennis was in it as well until the devious poster mentioned him