Ligarde became known in Mexico after winning the role of "Memo" a successful Quinceañera in 1987. His very famous phrase "Serena Morena" has remained public domain after two decades. From 1986 thru 2003 he remained an exclusive actor for the Mexican television producer "Televisa". Popular roles in novelas such as Lo Blanco y lo Negro, Entre la Vida y la Muerte, María la del Barrio, Salome, Tú y yo, and most recently Belinda have kept him a household name. Ligarde is usually seen playing the part of villain, degenerate, or miscreant.
He has obtained the Diosa de Plata award for best film actor ("El
Homicida"). He was also awarded El Heraldo award for best film actor ("El Homicida") and four TVyNovelas awards (Mexico's equivalent of an Emmy)
("Pobre Juventud", "Quinceañera", "Entre La Vida Y La Muerte", and an Honorary Award in 2002). In 2002 the League of United Latin American Citizens named him "Sr. Internacional" for his contribution to that society and as "Honorary President of the Republic of the Rio Grande" for his
contributions to the state of Texas.
In year 2005 he played the alcoholic antagonist in "Olvidarte Jamas" for
Venevisision. He also played the roles "Alan" and "George Smith" in their telenovela Mi Vida Eres Tu. In 2006 he participated as acting coach for Venevision and made a special appearance in "Acorralada". In 2007 he played the villain "Manuel" in "Pecados Ajenos" for Telemundo Productions in
Miami, Fl. That same year, and for Telemundo Productions, he also made two
guest appearances in the series "Decisiones". He is presently taping
the mini-series "Gabriel" where he plays the antagonist "Santori"- a Vatican paid hit-man. This project, made by Mega-Films (Spanish Broadcasting System), reunites him with Chayanne whom he co-starred with in their first telenovela for both actors in 1986 "Pobre Juventud".