He was a close friend of moviedirectorRoman Polanski and appeared in one of Polanski's early Polish made short films, Ssaki in 1962 as the lead actor. He came from Poland to the United States in the hope of furthering his career but did not meet with success.
Frykowski was involved in a long standing relationship with coffee heiress Abigail Folger who was a close friend of Polanski's wife, actress Sharon Tate. Frykowski and Folger agreed to stay with Tate, who was eight months pregnant, while Polanski was in Europe working on a film project. The couple was murdered, along with Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring and Steven Parent by members of Charles Manson's "Family" at the Polanski residence in Beverly Hills, California.