Bosé was born in the San Fernando Hospital in Panama City, Panama, the son of Italian actress Lucia Bosè (real name Lucia Borloni) and bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín. He is also a cousin to the late Carmen Ordóñez, a Spanish celebrity in the bullfighting world. Additionally, Bosé grew up surrounded by art and culture: Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway were close friends of the family. The film director Luchino Visconti was his godfather while Pablo Picasso was the godfather to his sister Paola Dominguin.
Propelled by his famous family and their friends, in 1971, Bosé started a career as an actor, participating in various movies. He quickly won spots on the basis of his talent and good looks alone, rather than his name, and he did study serious acting as well as dancing and singing. However, he did not make that many films, and in 1975 he decided a career change was due and started exploring his talents as a singer. With the assistance of Camilo Blanes he recorded his first singles. Two years later, in 1977, Bosé signed a contract with CBS Records, and he remained with them until 1984. Between 1977 and 1982, Bosè was a major teen idol in Italy, Spain and Southern Europe in general. He had 7 top ten hits in a disco/new wave trend that earned him a secure spot in every televised song festival held in the aforementioned countries, but, by 1983, his star had severely waned in Italy, and he rarely performed there again until the 2000s, retreating to Latin American markets instead.
In 1983, 1984, and 1985, he participated in the "Llena Tu Cabeza De Rock" television specials on Puerto Rico WAPA-TV. But it was in 1985 that he became an international superstar, when his song "Amante bandido" rose to the top of the charts all over Latin America and in Spain, while he started to decline in Italy (where he had a parallel career, singing in both Italian and English – he would go back to the top there in 1994, by winning Festivalbar (the second musical event after the Sanremo Music Festival) for the third time). The video to that song also became one of the most widely seen Spanish music videos, with Bose playing both a Superman style superhero and an Indiana Jones type of adventurer in it.
On March 20, 2007, to celebrate his 30 years as a singer, he released Papito, an album that contains remakes of his previous songs, re-interpreted in duets with Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, Fangoria, Ivete Sangalo, Laura Pausini, Shakira, Julieta Venegas, Ricky Martin, Amaia Montero (past member of the Spanish band La Oreja de Van Gogh), and Michael Stipe from R.E.M., along with many other singers. Three singles were released off Papito: the first is a re-make of his hit "Nena", featuring Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio; the second was "Morena Mía", with Mexican pop diva Julieta Venegas. The third single "Como un lobo" featured his niece Bimba Bosé. "Nena" was by far the most successful single off the album. It was nominated for a Latin Grammy for best song and became the best selling download of Spain in 2007.
In 2008, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe offered him Colombian citizenship because of his efforts towards peace in Colombia, including his participation in two concerts in 2008. On March 16, 2010 he received Colombian citizenship during a ceremony in the presidential palace, Casa de Nariño.
After several "hints" on Twitter, on September 4, 2012 he released the album Papitwo, a follow-up to his successful Papito. The album contained additional remakes of well-known songs from his career, again featuring artists such as Juanes on "Partisano", Bimba Bosé on "Shoot Me in the Back" and Alejandro Sanz on "Te Comería El Corazón". It also included new collaborations with singers such as Pablo Alborán on "Puede Que", Juan Luis Guerra on "Creo En Ti", Tiziano Ferro on "Amiga", Jovanotti on "Mirarte", Malú on his first hit "Linda" (first single in Spain), Joaquín Sabina on "Sol Forastero", Ximena Sariñana on "Aire Soy" (first single in the Americas) and Dani Martín on "Te Digo Amor", among others. The Hollywood actress Penélope Cruz collaborated on the unreleased song "Decirnos Adiós", composed by her brother for Bosé.
The album has two versions, a single disc with 14 previous hits remade with different artists and a deluxe one, with another CD containing 14 collaborations that Bosé made with singers during his career, including Hombres G on "Lo Noto", Raphael on "Morir de Amor", Natalia Lafourcade on "Si No Pueden Quererte", Spanknox on "Wrong in the Right Way", among others.
The album was released to coincide with Bosé's "Papitwo" Tour, which started in Madrid.
Miguel Bosé was honoured as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year on November 20, 2013.Linda (1977)
Miguel Bosé (1978)
Más allá (1981)
Made in Spain (1983)
Bandido (1984; collaboration with Giorgio Vanni and Tomato)
XXX (1987) -- Collaboration with Giorgio Vanni and Tomato; produced by Tony Mansfield.
Los chicos no lloran (1990)
Bajo el signo de Caín (1993)
11 maneras de ponerse un sombrero (1998)
Sereno (2002; winner of 2002 Latin Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Performance)
Por vos muero (2004)
Directo 90 (1991)
Girados (2002; with Ana Torroja)
Bosé MTV Unplugged (2016)
¡Bravo, muchachos! Los grandes éxitos de Miguel Bosé (1982)
Lo mejor de Bosé (1999)
"Soy"/"For Ever For You" (1975)
"Es tan fácil"/"Who?" (1976)
1998: La mirada del otro .... Santiago
1998: Lorca .... Lorca
1996: Oui .... Hugo
1996: Libertarias .... Cura secretario de Durruti
1996: Amor digital .... Cinco-cinco
1995: Gazon maudit .... Diego
1995: Detrás del dinero (TV)
1994: Enciende mi pasión .... Ángel
1994: La reine Margot .... Guise
1993: Mazeppa .... Gericault
1993: La nuit sacrée .... Le consul
1991: High Heels .... Juez Domínguez/Hugo/Letal
1991: Lo más natural .... Andrés
1990: L'avaro .... Valerio
1989: Shangay Lily
1988: Il segreto del Sahara TV mini-series .... El Halem
1987: En penumbra
1985: El caballero del dragón .... IX
1982: Due di tutto TV series
1981: Cosa de locos
1978: La borgata dei sogni
1978: Sentados al borde de la mañana con los pies colgando
1977: California .... Willy Preston
1977: La gabbia
1977: Oedipus Orca .... Humberto
1977: Suspiria .... Mark
1976: Retrato de Familia .... Cécil Rubes
1976: Garofano rosso
1976: La Orca .... Humberto
1974: Vera, un cuento cruel .... Enrique
1973: Gli eroi .... German soldier