Happy birthday, Tom Cruise!

The embattled actor was born on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse New York. Back then he was known as Tom Mapother; 50 years later, he's Tom Cruise, the star of such classic films as "Top Gun," "Jerry Maguire," the "Mission: Impossible" series, "Interview With A Vampire" and "Rain Main."

Unfortunately, Tom Cruise's birthday celebration won't be so joyous this year. Cruise's wife Katie Holmes filed for divorce on Friday and has demanded sole custody of their daughter, Suri. The very public break-up has put a renewed focus on Cruise's connections with Scientology, an organization that even Rupert Murdoch has come out against. There's also the matter of Cruise's dwindling fame -- something evident by the poor box office performance of recent flop "Rock of Ages."

Suffice it to say: He's probably had better birthdays. Still! Even a bad birthday is cause for celebration. To help Cruise -- and his fans -- remember the good times, HuffPost Entertainment has compiled 50 of the actor's best quotes to enjoy on his 50th birthday. Leave your own favorites in the comment section below.

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  • " I feel the need... the need for speed." - Top Gun

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