Bonisteel family's said he died Friday morning at his home near Trenton, Ont. His family said he was being treated for cancer.
Bonisteel hosted the CBC Television program Man Alive, a magazine-style show that looked at religious issues, from 1967 to 1989. He received numerous awards over the span of his career, including two ACTRA honours.
A recipient of the Order of Canada and, more recently, a citizenship judge, Bonisteel had lived since 1971 just a short distance from his boyhood home in the Bay of Quinte area.
Bonisteel is survived by his daughters, Mandy and Lesley, his son Steven, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial is planned for a later date.