RonReaco Lee is Confidential Informant Julius Grant
one of The Good Guys, sort of
Julius Grant is a reformed punk Dan used to bust rather regularly. Julius is the one who is seen breaking into the house in the first scene of the series. He is robbing houses to maintain the stock of his pawn shop - it kept his overhead costs low. Julius was originally a one-off bad guy punk that Jack and Dan busted but he was such a fan-favourite that he appeared in a few more episodes during the summer half of the first season. The second broadcast episode was the sixth produced and with almost a month between the premiere in May and the start of the regular season in June it was time enough to work Julius into the show for the second broadcast. After his encounter with a loan shark in the autumn premiere, "Vacation", Julius decides to go legitimate. He works in a bar, which Dan can subsequently be frequently found at. Julius loves the ladies and takes full advantage of his new line of work as the sexy bartender. Regretably he is often cop-blocked by Dan being in need of his services as a snitch. Julius even becomes Lt Ruiz' personal body guard when she has a peeping tom following her in "The Whistleblower". When there is a hit out on Julius thanks to his snitching on bad guys whose convictions have been overturned on a technicality in "Cop Killer" Lt Ruiz takes him into her home to protect him because he is a valued member of her team.
Ron Reaco Lee is a former child actor who has managed to not attain infamy for wild behaviour. His big break was the 1989 film Glory. He was 13. He had guest starring roles on many series throughout the 1990s, including In the Heat of the Night, Home Improvement, Moesha, er, and Boston Public. Recurring roles on The Shield, Monk, Committed, and In The Motherhood followed. For the autum half of the first season the character of Julius was made a permenant part of the show, with RonReaco Lee receiving the top billing guest star in each week's episode. In 2011 you can see RonReaco starring in the new BET series Let's Stay Together.