He is still regarded as the " James Dean" of Poland. Like James Dean, he starred in Ashes and Diamonds by Andrzej Wajda a young rebel who became the model for a whole generation, and came as James Dean in a tragic accident when he tried to jump on an already moving train. His trademark was a dark sunglasses, which he wore constantly in almost all his films. For his work in Ashes and Diamonds, he received international recognition, and was nominated for the British Film Academy Award for Best Foreign Actor.
Marlene Dietrich met him on their Poland - tour 1966 in Breslau know and wrote in her autobiography about him: " There has never been an actor in the theater sky, which could play without the use of his eyes, and I know there is also no give more. So much the better! It will be remembered forever in him, and that's more than you can say about a lot of actors. "
Cybulski died on January 8, 1967 in the above-mentioned accident on the Wroclaw Central Station. On the 30th anniversary of his death in 1997 Andrzej Wajda unveiled on the platform of the station 3 a plaque that commemorates the tragic accident by Zbigniew Cybulski.